Planning and Development

Working in planning and development allows you to solve problems creatively and to visualize spaces and three-dimensional concepts for use by communities and individuals. These fields often require that you have some technical and creative skills as well as an ability to work with clients and stakeholders. You can build the skills needed to pursue a planning and development career through hands-on experience beyond the classroom. It is best to find a career that will fit your own unique interests, skills, and values.

Some possible job titles include:

  • Development and Planning Analyst
  • Planning Technician
  • Planning and Development Coordinator
  • Architect
  • Surveyor
  • Interior Designer
  • Landscape Architect
  • City Planner
  • Cartographer
  • Geographer

Areas of Interest

The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides detailed information about career options in urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, land surveying, cartography, geography and interior design.

Related fields

If you have an interest in planning and development careers, you might also be interested in exploring careers in: engineering and computer science, law and public policy, business and management, government, international and nonprofit.

Major Information

To find out where fellow Aggies interned and found employment by major, use the ICC data pages.

Campus Organizations

Student organizations are a great place to connect with others exploring similar career interests. Use the keyword search in the Center for Student Involvement’s OrgSync database to find student organizations that relate to your interests.

Master’s and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral scholars can participate in and take on leadership roles in campus organizations such as the Graduate Student Association, Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board and the Postdoctoral Scholar’s Association.

Professional Associations

Joining professional associations related to the industry you are interested in provides access to professionals in the field, and networking opportunities which can lead to potential jobs and internships. Many national associations have state and local chapters you can join. Involvement in associations can also provide you insider updates on industry trends and best practices. One of the best ways to identify relevant associations is to search for them online, but we have provided some resources below to get you started. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

Visit the ICC

If you need further guidance narrowing down your career interests, you can schedule an advising appointment.