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Urban & Regional Studies

What can you do with this major?

The Urban and Regional Studies major and minor offer the skills and knowledge base for a wide range of challenging and rewarding careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, including architecture, community organization, economic development, housing and real estate, and urban and regional planning. The interdisciplinary major provides excellent preparation for graduate study in master's and doctoral programs in architecture, geography, political science, public administration, urban and regional planning, urban studies, and other fields. Because employment opportunities for students in Urban and Regional Studies include such a wide range of careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, there are a wide range of resources that you can consult to help with your job search.

The Urban and Regional Studies major and minor offer the skills and knowledge base for a wide range of challenging and rewarding careers in both the private and public sector, including:

Architecture, Community Organization, Economic Development, Education, Journalism, Marketing, Real Estate, Social Services, and Urban and Regional Planning.

The following list represents a few of the kinds of career titles for Urban & Regional Studies majors:

Community/county/city planners, Neighborhood Planner, Urban and regional planners, Architect, Land Planner, Water Resources Manager, Landscape Architects, City Managers, Civil Engineers, Environmental Engineers, Directors of Community or Economic Development, Geographers, Transportation Planner, Land Acquisition & Development, and Zoning Officer.

Employment opportunities across a wide range of careers in your local communities--including work with government agencies and community organizations as well as the private sector --may be found in the job listings of your local newspapers, including the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Appleton Post-Crescent, and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. For a statewide and regional listing of employment opportunities, you will want to check out the job listings in the Chicago Tribune, Madison Capital Times, and Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Students interested in careers in economic development, urban planning, and related areas in the public sector should also look at the job postings for individual towns and cities. All such job openings must be posted for public notice. You may want to start with employment listings for local communities; including Appleton, Green Bay, De Pere, and Brown County. Expand your job search to include employment listings for larger cities in the Midwest, including Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis - St. Paul

Current job openings in urban and regional planning, community and economic development, and related areas in Wisconsin can be viewed at the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association website.

A national listing of current job openings in urban and regional planning, community and economic development, and related areas across the country can be viewed at the website for the American Planning Association.

Want to know more about the nature of the work, working conditions, earnings, training, and job outlook? Then check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook.