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What Can I Do With This Major 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 on the basis of 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 .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
Enroll America Fellowship Organizer

New York City Department of City Planning Waterfront and Open Space Intern

New Jersey Hospital Association Government Relations Internship

Greener By Design Researcher

Princeton Public Affairs Group Government Affairs Intern

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 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 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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