Insider’s Guide to Careers in Urban Planning (PDF)

Planetizen Press

A Behind-the-Scenes Assessment of Careers in Urban Planning

Planetizen's Insider’s Guide to Careers in Urban Planning is an insightful resource for professionals looking to advance in their planning career and those seeking a position in the field for the first time.  


Foreward by Richard Florida, Interviews with Planning Professionals, and Detailed Job Descriptions

Planetizen's Insider’s Guide gives you a guided look at the variety of fascinating careers available in planning, design and development. Interviews with professionals from A (Architect) to Z (Zoning Administrator) reveal the challenges and rewards of their work, and their advice on how to get a job. We've included lists of significant employers and additional resources for every area of practice, and salary examples.


Sample Job Descriptions for Diverse Planning Specialties

Planning: City Planner, Regional Planner, Federal Planner, Zoning Administrator, Environmental Planner, Public Health Planner, Consultant, Preservationist, GIS Administrator, Land Use Lawyer
Design: Urban Designer, Landscape Architect, Architect, 
Development: For-Profit Developer, Non-Profit Developer, Economic Developer
Transport: Transportation Planner, Airport Planner
Politics: Public Policy, Commissioner, Politician
Research: Academic, Researcher, Journalist

The Journal of Planning Education and Research says:

"...this is a useful volume for urban planning students and faculty. Students, especially those who are beginning to wonder about eventual employment in the field, will find this an especially valuable book, and faculty members useful as a quick office reference when advising students on career options."

"Planetizen is on the pulse of planning today. This guide provides the type of expert insight you'll find nowhere else."
- Carol Coletta, host of Smart City Radio and president and CEO of CEOs for Cities.

"I wish I'd had this book when I was in school. A great resource for focusing your efforts in urban planning. "
- Jeff Wood of Reconnecting America and The Overhead Wire blog

Author: Tim Halbur and Nate Berg
Book cover: Paperback
Color: B/W
Pages: 125
Publisher:  Planetizen Press
ISBN: 978-0-9789329-4-7

Also available in PDF format.

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