Most planners perform their work in one or more particular fields of specialization within the larger planning profession.
Collaboration Among Planners
These specializations represent specific bodies of planning knowledge. Planners from different specializations work together to better the welfare of people and communities. While some planners spend their entire career within one of these specializations, most will move between them or find employment opportunities that combine specializations.
APA has Divisions that cover planning specialty and interest areas. Divisions are a community of professionals with shared interests. To see all 21 divisions with information on how to join, go here.
Most Common Specializations
Here are several of the most common specializations within the planning profession:
- Community Activism/Empowerment
- Community Development
- Comprehensive/Long-Range Planning
- Economic Development
- Environmental/Natural Resources Planning
- Food Systems Planning
- Hazard Mitigation/Disaster Recovery Planning
- Historic Preservation
- Land Use & Code Enforcement
- Parks & Recreation
- Planning Management/Finance
- Transportation Planning
- Urban Design