Career Services

Urban Studies

 

What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer


Area:

Government

Sub-Area:

  • Demography
  • Social Statistics
  • Public Administration
  • Policy Analysis
  • Research
  • Program Development
  • Human Services
  • City Planning
  • Law Enforcement
  • Politics

Employers:

  • Federal departments and agencies such as:
    • Departments of Agriculture, Education, Interior, Commerce, Defense
    • Health and Human Services
    • Drug Enforcement Administration
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Housing and Urban Development
    • Veteran's Administration
    • National Institutes of Health
    • National Institute of Aging
  • Peace Corps
  • State and local government
  • Planning and development commissions
  • National, state, or local parks or recreation departments
  • Housing authorities
  • Social service agencies
  • Transportation departments

Area:

Regional and Urban Planning

Sub-Area:

  • Transportation
  • Demography
  • Housing
  • Historic Preservation
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Renewal
  • Environmental/Regulatory Issues
  • Economic Development
  • Land Use
  • Research Design
  • Program Development

Employers:

  • Architecture firms
  • Engineering firms
  • Local planning agencies
  • Real estate and development contractors
  • Investment companies
  • Transportation agencies
  • Zoning administration
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Utility companies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Historical restoration or preservation agencies
  • Neighborhood revitalization initiatives
  • International development organizations

Area:

Human Services

Sub-Area:

  • Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Advocacy
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Mental Health Services
  • Programming
  • Administration

Employers:

  • Community service agencies
  • Advocacy groups
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • United Way agencies
  • Local branches of national non-profit organizations
  • Religiously-affiliated service organizations
  • Private foundations
  • Adoption and child care agencies
  • Nursing homes and retirement communities
  • Hospitals and wellness centers
  • Halfway houses
  • Vocational services
  • Educational information services

Area:

Business

Sub-Area:

  • Real Estate
    • Construction Management
    • Development
    • Sales
    • Leasing
  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • Sales

Employers:

  • Real estate firms
  • Rental properties
  • Construction and development companies
  • Insurance firms
  • Retail stores
  • Banks
  • Staffing agencies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Credit management companies and organizations
  • Service industries
  • Healthcare organizations

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Research

Employers:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Adult education providers

Area:

Social Science Research

Sub-Area:

  • Data Analysis
  • Demography
  • Market Research
  • Information Sourcing

Employers:

  • Universities
  • Government agencies
  • Research institutes
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Private industries
  • Advertising and marketing firms
  • Consulting organizations
  • Information brokers
  • Newspapers, magazines, news agencies
  • Public opinion research polls

General Information and Strategies

  • Many transferable skills such as analytical, organizational, research, interpersonal, computer, leadership, teamwork, and oral/written communication are associated with the urban studies degree.
  • Internships, part-time jobs, summer jobs, and/or volunteer experiences are critical for gaining experience and developing a career path.
  • An undergraduate degree is sufficient for many entry-level positions in business, industry, and government; however, a graduate degree is likely to be more desirable in a competitive market.
  • An undergraduate degree in urban studies is good preparation for graduate or professional education in law, business, and other related fields. Research pre-requisites for graduate or professional programs of interest.
  • To enhance graduate or professional school opportunities, maintain a high grade point average, secure strong faculty recommendations, join student or professional organizations, and gain relevant experience outside of the classroom through work, internship, volunteer, and research opportunities.
  • A Ph.D. is required for teaching at the four-year university level.
  • For human or social service positions, gain experience with a population of interest (i.e., children, college students, elderly adults) and develop multicultural sensitivity and understanding. Plan to earn a graduate degree in counseling, social work or related field.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals working in areas of interest.