Civil engineers have reported a dramatic decrease in their employment rates, with only about 50% of the workforce being employed at the national level.
The report by the Professional Civil Engineers Association found that a whopping 75% of employees are either working in “other civil engineering activities” or working for the private sector.
The report noted that the numbers are so dire that some civil engineers are planning to leave the profession altogether and work for other industries.
“It is a very challenging situation,” said Kevin O’Sullivan, president of the association.
“This is the first time in my career I have seen this much decline in employment of civil engineers.”
According to the association, the number of civil engineering positions in the US dropped by 50% between 2011 and 2017.
“There is an expectation that we are going to see a big rise in the number and quality of civil engineer jobs in the next couple of years,” O’Brien said.
“In fact, there are about a half-dozen projects that we know of right now that we have seen the need for this level of civil and engineering expertise.”
O’Sullivan said he’s concerned about the future for civil engineers, who he said will not be able to afford the new professional standards and education required for the new profession.
“The quality of the education, the skills of the teachers, the training of the students is going to be a huge challenge,” O,Sullivan said.
“This is a challenge that we need to be prepared for, and it’s a challenge we’re going to have to solve.”
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