In a quick check-in yesterday on one of the popular job search sites; I noted that there were 43 job openings for those with knowledge, skills and experience in Creative Placemaking. Now 43 job openings on a particular day may not seem like much of a statistic to support the contention that the Creative Placemaking field of practice is growing, however, I conducted this same quick check-in exactly a year ago. At that time, there were only 4 such job openings. Viewed this way, it’s a 975% increase in a year’s time!
Furthermore, I was impressed by the multiple professional sectors which sought Creative Placemakers. Look at how diverse these job titles are: Senior interior designer and space planner; Landscape Architecture designer; Neighborhood Organizer; Environmental Manager; Regional Planner; VP of Real Estate and Community Development; Experiential Designer; Corridor Revitalization Coordinator; Parks Program Director; Community Arts Manager; Project Designer; Court Coordinator of Placemaking and Workforce Development; Smart World Coordinator; Senior Urban Planner; Economic and Demographic Analyst; Transportation Coordinator; Assistant Director; Housing & Local Planning; Assistant Professor in Community Development Planning; Senior Land Use Planner; Studio Director; Urban Design and Planning Project Associate; Strategic Initiatives Advisor; Director of Experience; Assistant Director for Arts Programming; Events Director; Program Manager – Cool Schools Community Parks; Foundation Program Officer; Development and Communications Manager; Community Arts Intern; Community Coordinator VISTA.
None of this is likely to be surprising information for those of us who are practitioners in the field. However, it is supportive statistical proof that there is a growing desire for professionals educated in the field as well as a growing recognition among increasing sectors of the value of Creative Placemaking professionals.