Co-op and Career Opportunities
The Co-op, or Professional Practice, Program of the University of Cincinnati is designed to provide qualified students with the most comprehensive professional preparation available. The extension of classroom and studio teaching by practice in a chosen profession adds a unique dimension to the student's preparation for entering his or her chosen career area.
The dimension is provided by assignments requiring the application and demonstration of knowledge, attitude, judgment and techniques. These assignments, monitored by the appropriate Professional Practice Faculty member, alternates with periods of classroom study. Increased interest in the educational program develops as the student sees the relationship of academic studies to professional practice assignments.
For a student, the co-op education:
- Combines practical experience with academic studies, thus theory and practice are more closely integrated and students find greater meaning in their classroom experiences.
- Provides a smoother transition into career employment due to significant prior discipline-related work experience while still a student.
- Assists in overall maturity: development and strengthening of resourcefulness, self-confidence, self-discipline and a sense of responsibility.
- Stimulates faculty and student research through relationships with cooperating organizations.
- Enhances learning, frequently providing students with access to State-of-the-art equipment and technology.
- Provides a strong basis for pursuing employment opportunities after graduation.
Urban planners develop solutions for many of society's most pressing problems. Planners provide a variety of services to cities, towns, states, regions, and private clients interested in changing their physical, economic, or social structures. Planners generate plans for housing the poor, creating jobs, designing public parks, preserving historic buildings, or resolving traffic congestion and environmental problems. Some planners specialize in physical planning and design while others develop social, economic, and environmental policies programs. The University of Cincinnati curriculum allows a student to pursue these specializations.
Graduates go on to both private and public sector jobs. Many also complete advanced degrees in law, business administration, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design at some of the nation's best universities. Opportunities continue to grow and salaries remain competitive. The 2016 Planner Salary Survey made by American Planning Association (APA and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) states that the typical (median) planner reported an annual base salary of $77,300 as of January 1, 2016. The most common fields include: Community Development, Land Use & Code Enforcement, Transportation Planning, Environmental/Natural Resources Planning, Economic Planning and Development, Urban Design. The program is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, an organization formed jointly with the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.