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 areas 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 24 divisions that cover planning specialty and interest areas. Each division is a community of professionals with shared interests.
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Most Common Specializations
Here are several of the most common specializations within the planning profession: