Cities are unique places with distinct cultures, living arrangements, economies, infrastructure and paces that heavily influence social and individual behaviors. These distinct conditions not only affect how people live, but also how they work. For instance, teaching in a rural or suburban town is quite different from being a teacher in an urban environment. The same can be said of almost any career option from government to law enforcement, from business to real estate: working in an urban context requires an understanding of the uniqueness of urban life.

While anyone currently working in or planning to work in a city can enhance their understanding and marketability with an urban studies major or minor, there are several career paths that very specifically benefit from a background in urban studies:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Legal services and law enforcement
  • Local government
  • Real estate and urban development
  • Social services and community organization
  • Transportation/infrastructure
  • Urban education
  • Urban engineering
  • Urban planning