Career Opportunities for Majors in Planning and Public Policy


The Planning & Public Policy program is offered through the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. It provides students with a foundation in areas such as city dynamics, environmental aspects of cities, community health, urban poverty, public policy, housing issues, social concerns, fiscal matters, and land use planning. Two academic options are available that provide for specialization in urban planning or housing and real estate development.

Students in the Planning & Public Policy program are prepared for professional management and planning positions focused on overseeing and improving public programs such as transportation, housing, planning, the environment, finance, economic development, and urban renewal. These career paths can be found in business, government, education, banking, and Nonprofit settings. Continued study at the graduate level is also an option.

Additionally, many careers do not require a specific major, but are chosen based on personal interests, skills, preferences, and ambitions. Thus, graduates can also pursue many other general career paths in business, government, education, and the Nonprofit sector. Regardless of your career plans, it is important to develop your marketability through internships, service-learning, related work experience, good grades, and participation in campus activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Code Enforcement Planner Land Management Planner Research Planner
Community Builder Natural Resource Planner Residence Counselor
Director of Accessibility Services Policy Director Senior Planner
Director of Community Development Preservation Technician Supervisor of Medical Records
Economic Development Administrator Principal Planner Transportation Planner
Environmental Health Specialist Project Development Officer Urban Renewal Administrator
Facilities Development Specialist Project Evaluator Urban/Regional Planner
Land Development Coordinator Real Estate Analyst Zoning Administrator

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Architectural Firms Engineering Firms Investment Firms
Banks Environmental Companies Market research firms
Community Health Centers Health Maintenance Organizations Real Estate Development Firms
Consulting Firms Hospitals Social Service Agencies
Contractors Housing Development Companies Utility Companies
Educational Institutions Insurance Companies
Government Agencies
Centers for Disease Control Labor Agencies Public Health Service
Community Development Agencies National Cancer Institute Research Institutions
Department Of Health And Human Services National Institute of health Transportaion Department
Department of Health National Science Foundation Veteran's Administration
Environmental Agencies Parks and Recreation Departments
Housing Authorities Planning and Development Commissions

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Planning and Public Policy

Organization Job Title
Franklin Township Administrative Aide
Massachusetts Department of Energy Analyst
JBG Companies Assistant Building Manager
Housing and Community Development Assistant Director
Monmouth County Planning Board Assistant Planner
Middlesex County County Transportation Planner
Girl Scouts of Greater Essex Membership Specialist
Cleveland Area Foundation Planner
Dept. of Planning/Natural Resources, US Virgin Islands, a Community Development Corporation Planner
Hudson Partnership Planner
Clinton Neighborhood Planning Office Program Specialist
Job Corps Program Specialist
Newark Economic Devel. Corp. Project Devel. Officer
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Planning and Public Policy

Xerox School of Business ServicesNewark Enterprise Zone Account Executive
Newark Enterprise Zone Administrator
Cornell Univ. College of Human Ecology (Ph.D. Environ. Studies) Assistant Professor
Hartford Financial Group Claim Team Leader
UMDNJ/UBHC/COPSA Clinical Case Manager
US Housing & Urban Development (MS Urban Studies) Community Builder
Somerset County, NJ (M.S. Urban Studies) Director of Policy and Organization
Development Corporation Director
Development Corporation Director
Dept. of Transportation Environmental Specialist
Puerto Rican Action Board Executive Director
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Montclair State University MA Urban Studies
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Public Policy Social Policy
Rutgers University MA Public Administration
Rutgers University Bloustein School Master of City and Regional Planning
University of Chicago MA Public Affairs/Policy

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