Planning is a profession dedicated to the development of new approaches to urban and regional problems and the imaginative and constructive management of change. Planners often work in local governments and communities, but their concerns are issues that affect the world - land use, social policy, historic preservation, transportation, housing, economic development policy planning, environmental protection, urban design and international development. Planners seek to improve the quality of life in one or more of these areas. They envision a better and more workable future, formulate and work toward the solution of problems and are committed to progressive social and economic change. Alumni are employed in planning positions throughout the United States as well as internationally, and a number of graduates enter PhD programs upon completion of the MCP degree.