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Engineering: Sector Booming Despite Tight Labor Market

Release Date: 2018-07-02

By: Brandon Richardson

As of 2016, there were 303,500 civil engineers in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Reviewing current trends, the bureau projects an additional 32,200 engineers by 2026. However, experts say there are simply just not enough engineers now. Jeff Pratt, president of the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC) and the agency director of Ventura County Public Works, said when the economy is good, new engineers for the public sector are hard to come by.

“One of the things we’re noticing is we’re not getting as many people applying for jobs. It’s largely because things are heating up and the private sector is picking people up,” Pratt said. “But a lack of engineers graduating from college continues to be a trend. We’re adapting to that.”

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