I am going to be starting a master's program in City Planning at San DIego State University in Fall 2003. I currently have 6 years GIS/Remote Sensing/Photo Interpretation/Cartography experience. I received a Bachelor's in Geography from the University of Vermont in 1997. I realize I will be making a lateral salary shift initially from my current GIS Programmer/Analyst position to an Associate/Assistant Planner (entry level) position with a public sector agency. If I put my dues in for a few years, move to the private sector, (and receive an MBA after the MCP from San Diego State), what are the chances of commanding a respectible/high salary in the planning field? Any advice is much appreciated (especially before I begin this slight career shift from Geography to Planning).
Scott A. Shepard
409 Camino Del Rio S., Ste. 205
San Diego, CA 92108