The Department and University take pride in our alumni and seek to continue our relationship with program graduates. Clemson’s graduates have been successful in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, attaining key positions in traditional planning agencies, development groups, non-profit organizations, and private consulting firms.
Most of our alumni serve as agency directors, department heads, and staff planners at the local, regional, and state levels. Some alumni work as generalists while others are specialists in GIS, housing and community development, environmental and coastal planning, historic preservation, transportation planning, or economic development. A growing number are employed in the private sector as developers, banking professionals, market research and site location analysts, land development and urban design consultants, public-private partnership consultants, and other consulting firms.
Our program has an excellent professional reputation and our graduates are very competitive, especially in the Southeast region. Alumni constitute a key network for student employment, both in summer internships and permanent positions after graduation. The program is in regular contact with our alumni through student placement, the state chapter of APA and various planning projects.
According to a recent alumni survey, salaries of recent graduates remain competitive with a median salary of $42,500. Of the alumni surveyed, 72% are members of the American Planning Association. In addition, 64% have obtained and maintained their certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners. Employer surveys for public service assistantships, internships, and permanent placement indicate that students are well prepared with a good understanding of basic planning concepts and technical skills that allow them to make useful contributions to the organization.
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