Will I Get a Job? Yes!
Good news for graduates: Planners continue to be in high demand. U.S. News and World Report has consistently included planning as one of the best careers, including job satisfaction and growth. Job growth is projected to be strong from 2008 - 2018. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, that employment in urban and regional planning will grow 19 percent, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Here's more from the Handbook:
- Local governments employ about 66 percent of urban and regional planners.
- Employment growth will be driven by the need for state and local governments to provide public services such as regulation of commercial development, the environment, transportation, housing, and land use and development for an expanding population.
- Non-governmental initiatives dealing with historic preservation and redevelopment will also create employment growth.
- The fastest job growth for urban and regional planners will occur in the private sector, primarily in the professional, scientific, and technical services industries.