When you're just starting out, a little help can go a long way. Take a look at the helpful resources that APA offers to emerging professionals.

Career resources

Check out Career Advice for Emerging Planners. Survey results to get hired and succeed in your first planning job.

Post your resume on your My APA profile. Interested employers can view your resume at any time. Available only to APA members. 

Search for internships and available positions in APA's job listings.

Become involved with your local chapter. Chapters get you involved in APA close to home. They're your local source for networking and professional development.

Get to know your chapter's Professional Development Officer (PDO). Your PDO is a critical information source, whether you're looking for information on upcoming training opportunities in your area or seeking additional help as you prepare for the AICP exam. Click here to find your PDO. Available only to APA members.

APA's salary worksheet to see how your current or desired salary stacks up. Available only to APA members.

Find out what it means to be a planner and what it takes to become a professional planner on APA's Career Development page.

  • Get tips on how to land a planning job.
  • Read summaries of typical planning job descriptions.
  • Learn about a typical day for a planner.
  • Learn about related careers and associated professions.


Fill out your My APA profile to elevate your experience in the planning industry and search for APA members to grow your network of contacts. Available only to APA members.

Join your local chapter's Young Planners Group.

Find a mentor to offer guidance and help you make connections.

Supplementing studies

APA's variety of printed and online publications explore planning in all its breadth and depth.

APA's learning resources offer a wide variety of streaming education products.

Participate in or start a Planning Student Organization at your school.

Represent your PSO on the Student Representatives Council to sharpen your leadership and communication skills, share your ideas with other APA members, and promote student participation in the national organization.

Take advantage of opportunities for financial assistance: APA, chapter, and division scholarships, fellowships, and writing competitions.

Present your project or research in a poster or capstone at the APA National Planning Conference.

Gain national recognition of your individual or group project or paper by applying for and receiving an AICP Student Project Award.

Scholarships and fellowships help talented planning students reach their educational goals.


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