Becoming an Urban Planner: A Guide to Careers in Planning and Urban Design

Becoming an Urban Planner: A Guide to Careers in Planning and Urban Design


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Becoming an Urban Planner: A Guide to Careers in Planning and Urban Design by M. Bayer, Nancy Frank, Jason Valerius

Becoming an Urban Planner answers these key questions:

What do urban planners do?

What are the educational requirements?

How do I enter the field?

How do I choose between the different types of planning, fromland use planning to policy planning?

What is the future of the urban planning profession?

Here is a completely up-to-date guide to today's careers inurban planning—a clear and concise survey of the urbanplanning field and advice for navigating a successful career.Filled with interviews and guidance from leading urban planners, itcovers everything from educational requirements to planningspecialties and the many directions in which a career in urbanplanning can go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470278635
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/02/2010
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Bayer, AICP, is a planner with EnvironmentalResources Management in Annapolis, Maryland. Before becoming anurban planner, he was a newspaper reporter whose articles haveappeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Milwaukee JournalSentinel, the Journal Gazette, the Post-Bulletin,as well as Planning magazine.

Nancy Frank, PhD, AICP, is an associate professor and thechair of the department of urban planning at the University ofWisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning.Frank has been instrumental in the development of the School forUrban Planning and Architecture (SUPAR), a charter Milwaukee publichigh school that opened in fall 2007.

Jason Valerius, AICP, is a planner and urban designer forMSA Professional Services, in Madison, Wisconsin. Valerius servedfor four years as assistant editor of the Wisconsin Chapter of theAmerican Planning Association quarterly newsletter (WAPANews).

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Table of Contents

About the Authors.



1. Becoming an Urban Planner: What Planners Do.

Employment in Planning.

A Young Profession: Planning Emerges in the Late NineteenthCentury.

Urban Planning Is about the Future.

Urban Planning Is about Place.

Urban Planning Is about Helping Other People Make Decisions.

The Planning Process.

Buyer Beware: Things You Might Not Like About a Career inPlanning.

What Kind of Salary Can a Planner Expect to Make?

Skills for Becoming an Urban Planner.

2. Becoming an Urban Planner: Education.

What Research Shows About Planners’ Education.

Preparing for a Professional Education.

Communicating in Words.

Communicating through Pictures.

Being Comfortable with Numbers.

Drawing, Planning, and Urban Design.

Picking a College Major.

And on to Graduate School.

Choosing the Right Graduate Program.

Applying to Graduate School.

Financing a Planning Education.

Planning Curriculum: Knowledge, Skills, and Values.


Dual-Degree Options.

Alternative Paths.


3. Becoming an Urban Planner: Experience.

Informational Interviews.

Job Shadowing.

Volunteer Experience.


Cooperative Education.

Peace Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA.

Networking to Break the Ice.

4. Planners’ Many Paths.

Many Paths into a Planning Career.

Who Influenced You?

Where Do You Want to Work?

Planning Timeframes.

At What Geographic Scale Do You Want to Work?

What Planning Topics Interest You?

Urban Design.

Housing Planning and Policy.

Economic Development Planning.

Historic Preservation Planning.

Community Engagement and Empowerment.

Environmental and Natural Resources Planning.

Geographic Information Systems.

Land Use Planning, Law, and Code Enforcement.

Transportation Planning.

Planning for Sustainability.

Emerging Specializations in the Era of Sustainability.

Teaching Others to Become Planners.

Challenges and Rewards.

5. What Is the Future of Planning?

Economic Recession and Planning.

Geospatial Technology and Planning.

Rediscovering Public Health.

Carbon, Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Planning for SustainableEnergy.

A Bright Future for Planning.




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