I have decided to apply to an urban policy and administration grad program, with an urban planning focus. My prior education includes a Bachelor's in English and Master's in Education. I pursued the Master's in Education and teaching as a practical measure, because as an English graduate, it just seemed sensible. However, my heart was never really in it; I thought that I could just do the job and live my life outside of the job. After entering the field, it became apparent that this wasn't the case; it was necessary to feel like teaching was a "calling" to endure the daily beating one would take from the students and senior staff members. After leaving the field, I decided to take some time to find a practical career path which I truly believed in.
I landed on urban planning as this career path. My calling will always be writing, but as traditional career options go, I feel very positive about what I have researched over the months regarding urban planning, and how it relates to my passions.
Sorry to be so long-winded; here are my questions-
1) I feel confident that I want to enter this field, but I would like to get some idea about the typical quality life of the workers. Let's just address the typical government planning job, for now. Of course, you expect some criticism, growth, and struggles at work, but would you say that the level of interpersonal pressure you experience on the job is more or less at a reasonable level? Would you say that the workload is such that allows for a balanced life?
2) How would you describe the job market for planners at the moment? I have heard mostly positive things about the job market, but the accounts I have encountered have been somewhat varied. It is likely that I will be allowed to pursue a Ph.D. instead of a Master's with my program, whatever that is worth.
I'm very excited about this career option, being that I have a genuine interest in what I would be doing, so I don't mean to indicate that I'm not willing to take some lumps in the beginning. I suppose that my experience with teaching just has me ultra cautious about what I get myself into. Thank you so much for your time in answering these questions.