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Civil Engineering Graduation Rates

  • 1.  Civil Engineering Graduation Rates

    Posted 6 days ago
    We are experiencing trouble recruiting qualified engineers to fill vacant positions which I'm hearing is not an exclusive problem.  Is anyone aware of national data that compares the current retirement rate of Baby Boomers to the rate of Gen Z engineer graduates?  I'm guessing there is a sizeable gap in the two rates that is contributing to a shortage of job applicants.  After an extended search on the internet I have not been able to find any good data on this subject.


    Steven Sampson Brown A.M.ASCE
    Project Manager
    City of Dubuque Engr. Dept.
    Dubuque, IA

  • 2.  RE: Civil Engineering Graduation Rates

    Posted 5 days ago
    It has been my experience lately with engineers and positions is that some company's are wanting to pay very low wages for a lot of experience. And- a lot of inexperienced engineers think they are worth more than they really are. You cannot expect a licensed PE with 10+ years experience to want a job for $65k-$75k. You won't get any qualified candidates. At the same time- green engineers should stop expecting $120k a year when they bring nothing to the table but a brand new PE and little real experience.  I am not sure if this unrealistic expectation is coming from college or where, but it is hurting the industry.

    Lori Cox P.E., M.ASCE
    Principal Engineer
    Houston TX

  • 3.  RE: Civil Engineering Graduation Rates

    Posted 4 days ago
    That's a really interesting question. I'm not aware of a report on this specifically, but would love to know if one exists. I did want to mention ASCE published the 2021 Salary Survey this week. You may be interested in a brief summary here. ​

    Tirza Austin
    Manager, Online Community
    American Society of Civil Engineers
    1801 Alexander Bell Drive
    Reston, VA 20191