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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by waloshin, Feb 21, 2012.
Do you need a masters degree in geography to work as an urban planner?
I have no idea but I voted for "Yes".
Usually it is a master's degree in public administration. Check the job ads and see what they are asking for.
Geography with a concentration on urban planning wouldn't be an equivalent?
Obviously. As an urban planner myself, I know what the industry standard is.
No. There are a number of other degrees that can lead you down that path. A number of schools offer a Masters in Urban Planning, Community Development, Urban Design, or some other choice of words that points to a planning emphasis.
Getting a masters isn't required but would make it a lot easier for you to get a job. I have a B.S and I'm finding very few planning jobs that I "qualify" for. Most of the jobs I do find are in less than desirable places.
Internships can also go a long way for experience too. So take advantage of them if a B.A. is as far as you want to go with your education.
An Urban Planning or Property and Development Masters would be better wouldn't it? I don't know if they are offered in the US but I know they are in Oz (where I want to take P&D MSc once I finish my BA)
Waloshin.... call your local planning office, and talk to an Urban Planner. I've known a couple, and they are nice people - and will almost for sure love to talk to you. There may be some obvious education career paths, but they'll also know some of the non-traditional paths.
I think it also matters a lot where you plan to live. In the big cities, I'll bet that the requirements are higher. Cities can afford to be picky, because so many people want to live and work there.
Small jurisdictions will have a harder time - and will likely be less stringent about qualifications. Or perhaps accept a lower certificate, but then expect you to upgrade your qualifications while on the job.
In my community, I don't believe our planners have Masters... but we are not a city.
ps.... you should probably note where you are, since different countries may have different expectations.
pps ... I have no idea, but I still voted.... I love polls.
Thanks everybody for the responses. The region would be Canada.
Can you imagine a city planned by Wally?
Banner ads painted on the sidewalks, and faucets delivering cheap tequila. Joy.
Surely one of your professors would know the answer to this one?
Of course , but everyone is on spring break!
Who me? I don't have any professors anymore.
In Canada, "Spring Break" is called "Reading Week", and it's around now.
None that would admit to teaching you. That's career de-hancement, right there.
Hey man, I'll have you know that my profs loved me!
And were you channeling iJH when you composed that post?
Probably something like this:
You forgot the cows!
More cows, less Filipinos!
Looks a lot like Vancouver, actually....
Based on the threads you start, I can't see you in any profession other than talk show host.
Talk show guest?