UMUC EDCP Assignment 4 Essay

1415 Words Nov 4th, 2013 6 Pages
A Vision for the Communities: Becoming an Urban Planner
University of Maryland, University College
EDCP 100
October 13, 2013

As children we were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. I remember giving the rather un-realistic answer of "superstar" at the time. I struggled with finding a path that suited me for awhile; however now that I am older and have a better understanding of the world, I have the answer to what I want to be, and that is an urban planner. According to the American Planning Association (American Planning Association, 2013), "Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their
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The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $40,410, and the top 10 percent earned more than $96,420." (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). I believe even at $40,000 I can begin to make a decent living for myself. And I am sure that as with any career my salary will also go up with experience. Upon graduation, I believe it is a lot of students' concerns about the difficulty of finding a job in this day in age. There seems to be so much competition and not enough jobs. I do believe the job prospects are at least fair for an urban planner. Due to the need to address growth and environmental issues, planners are needed to solve the emerging issues; despite that, one of the downfalls would be that although there is a demand for planners, there is not always the money it takes to start or complete a project in this economy. However, once the economy does pick up, there will be an even greater demand to make up for the time those projects went undone (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). I am very glad that I decided to take my Learning Principles course, as it has set a blueprint for the skills I will need to develop to succeed in my career. We devoted a whole week to the principles of decision-making, and the American Planning

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