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  • Foreword by Richard Florida
  • Introduction from Managing Editor Tim Halbur
  • Planning in Developing Countries by Paul Smoke
  • Careers in Planning
    • City Planner
    • Regional Planner
    • Federal Planner
    • Zoning Administrator
    • Environmental Planner
    • Public Health Planner
    • Planning Consultant
    • Preservationist
    •  GIS Administrator
    •  Land Use Lawyer
  • Careers in Development
    • Non-Profit Developer
    • For-Profit Developer
    • Economic Developer
    • Careers in Transportation
    • Transportation Planner
    • Airport Planner
  • Careers in Politics
    • Public Policy
    • Planning Commissioner
    • Politician
  • Careers in Research
    • Academic
    • Researcher
    • Journalist
  • Representative Jobs


The Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning (ISBN 978-0-9789329-4-7) is published by Planetizen Press.

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Insider’s Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

A Behind-the Scenes Assessment of Jobs in the Field


  • A Professional, Behind-the-Scenes Assessment of 25 Careers in the Field
  • A Chart of Representative Salaries Illustrating Advancement from Associate to Director Level
  • Insightful Essays from Urban Planning Professionals

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.


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