Top 5 Reasons to Be a Professional Engineer

Join us in celebrating Engineers Week 2016! Engineers Without Borders USA equips engineers to address the world’s most pressing challenges–and professional engineers play a key role in achieving our mission.

Professional engineers at EWB-USA HQ review each project to ensure it meets the highest standards possible for the community. On top of that, professional engineers often work alongside teams in the field as mentors or professional EWB-USA members to ensure that the approved design is implemented in a safe and sustainable manner.

ncees logoOrganizations like the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), a partner of EWB-USA, are building a better world by helping individuals get their professional engineering license (PE). There are countless reasons to check out NCEES and pursue your license, but below are EWB-USA’s top five.

Top 5 Reasons to Be a Professional Engineer:

1. Show Me the Impact

In very real and concrete ways, professional engineers are building a better world by saving lives, preventing disease and reducing poverty. By combining their specialized skills with their high standards for ethics and quality assurance, PEs help us lead healthier, safer and better lives.


2. Show Me the Puzzles

Engineering (from Latin ingenium, meaning “cleverness”)

Engineers solve the puzzles of everyday life. 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? None of the parts of your daily routine would be safe without the oversight of professional engineers.

Our cities and communities would be mazes without the complex and creative solutions that professional engineers have designed. Engineering provides an outlet for the imagination that allows independent thinkers to thrive.

3. Show Me the Opportunities

Did you know that only about 20 percent of today’s practicing engineers are licensed? This small pool of PEs are 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.

4. Show Me the R-E-S-P-E-C-T

In addition to opening doors, the PE after your name represents a certification of trust to the public in your engineering skills.

“Getting the PE license definitely gets you respect from your peers. It shows that you have reached a high level of competence in the field of engineering. ” – Peter Waugh, PE, Community Engineering Corps Director

5. Show Me the Money

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.