After being laid off a couple of years ago I decided to take the plunge and pursue a Masters Degree in Urban Planning. My prior career had nothing to do with planning. I majored in communications and was a radio personality for seven years. Planning is just something I have an interest in. As I get closer to finishing my degree I have to start thinking about exactly what I want to do with it. I've talked to city planners who say most of their work is real mundane. I'm impressed with the great work done by CDCs, but I also see how many hours those people put in for very low pay. Private sector work seems more lucrative, but I understand there aren't a lot of entry-level jobs at private firms.
Basically I'm looking to hear from planning pros on ideas on where I might go with my degree when I'm done with school. Is there such a thing as a typical first job for a fresh-out-of-grad school planner? In radio it was simple: you took the first job you could get regardless of the hours, the location or the pay. What about with planning?