As a financial services professional(read: boring) in his early thirties, who is considering a career change to urban planning, I have found a lot of the dialogue in this site to be less than appealing to the urban planning profession. As someone who is fascinated by cities, growth of metro areas, demographic changes, and what and how our cities develop themselves, I seem to be getting the impression--rightly or wrongly--that I can expect to enter a profession where I will be sitting in a dull office, making little pay, working with not-so fun folks who work 70 hours a week. Additionally, it seems you planners continually are under-appreciated, frustrated with powers beyond your control, and used as whipping posts from time to time by the public and/or greater political powers. (Yes, I just read the "Planning Peeves" section). If there is something I could keep from the financial profession, it's the sometimes cushy pay and benefits, the perks, the ability to have a life outside work, the occasional power and glamour, and, I guess, the superficial stuff. Unfortunately, I find the work so dry and uninspiring, I feel a change to your profession just might add some fulfillment and intellectual stimulation. So, do I trade in the cushy, yet unfulfilling life for something that might make my mind actually work? Enlighten me!