Top 5 Reasons to Become a Professional Engineer

At EWB-USA, we’re proud to have professional engineers as part of our richly diverse community. From employees to mentors to volunteers, EWB-USA’s professional engineers are committed to ensuring our partner communities have access to reliable water, sound structures, secure access to energy and beyond, by establishing safe and sustainable design implementation. 

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), a long-standing EWB-USA partner, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors.

So, why become a professional engineer?

1. Build a better world

Engineers are solving some of the world’s most pressing issues, from clean water access to secure shelter. In the face of increasing natural disasters, the need for resilient engineering systems and structures is more important than ever. Professional engineers build a better world in concrete ways, by helping protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

By combining their specialized skills with their high standards for ethics and quality assurance, PEs help us lead healthier, safer and better lives.

2. Get creative

Engineering isn’t just about math and procedure — it’s about thinking in new, creative ways to solve problems like never before. 

Take a few seconds to think about how you got to work or school this morning. The road you took? The bridge you crossed? The building you walked in? With the oversight of professional engineers, your daily routine becomes safer and more dependable.

3. It’s more than a test

Professional licensure is more than proof of your skills or a requirement for a job. It’s a stamp in your book that states you are trusted and uniquely qualified to tackle any engineering or surveying challenge in your domain. It affords you the opportunity to work on fulfilling, exciting, impactful and innovative projects. Professional licensure unlocks your career without limits.

“As a consulting engineer, I became a registered professional engineer within four years of graduating with my masters.  Having the professional registration is proof that I take my engineering work seriously both technically and ethically to the general public and to my peers.  The registration has also allowed me to take on more advanced technical roles than non-registered engineers.” — Scott Underhill, PE, EWB-USA Volunteer

4. Unlock a career without limits

With a professional engineering license, your career can take any direction. 

Only about 20 percent of today’s practicing engineers are licensed — making PEs highly desirable candidates for employers. The two initials of PE at the end of your name will open doors for the rest of your life.

5. Earn more

Engineers earn more than respect–they’re highly paid. A report released by the Brookings Institute’s Hamilton Project shows that different engineering disciplines comprise nearly all of the top slots for highest median lifetime earnings.

Professional engineers are equipped with not only the skills to solve the world’s most pressing challenges, but also the resources to give back to underserved communities.

With these skills and resources at your fingertips, you have incredible capacity to build a better world. So, what are you waiting for? Become a professional engineer today!

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Engineers Without Borders USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.