June 26, 2011
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Twenty-First Century Civil Engineering: An Overview of Who, What, and WhereAbstractFrom the erection of the Ġgantija temples and the pyramids of Egypt to the design andconstruction of One World Trade Center, civil engineers have played a crucial role in improvingthe quality of life for mankind. As societal needs have evolved, so have the materials, methods,and technology used by the engineers in response to these needs. Civil engineering has severalsub-disciplines that have developed as the years progressed, including Construction,Environmental, Geotechnical, Transportation, Structures, and Water Resources, with individualsin each of these specialization areas increasingly being tasked to meet the ever growingchallenges implicit in today’s society.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2008 roughly 278,400 (17.4%) of the 1.6million engineering jobs in the United States were in the area of civil engineering. Ifenvironmental engineering is considered in the calculations, the numbers rise to 332,700 and20.8%, respectively. Projections of employment numbers into 2018 show civil andenvironmental engineering possessing anticipated growth rates of twenty-four and thirty-onepercent respectively. These rates are considered to be much faster than the average for alloccupations and lag behind only biomedical in the engineering field which suggests that the civilengineering workforce will continue to be critical for society both now and into the future.This paper will provide an overview of civil engineering in general, and of the sub-disciplines inparticular. Demographics as a function of sub-discipline, location, type of position (government,private, education, etc), and length of experience will be discussed. Also included will beinformation on the evolution and current status of societies and specialized certifications as wellas projections of the future workforce demand. The primary objective is to address questionsregarding knowledge of the civil engineering workforce of today.This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, the coordinatorof the ASCE Liaison Committee’s program for the CE Division of ASEE in 2011. It should beconsidered for inclusion in the session(s) that Tom Lenox is organizing and moderating.
Kunberger, T., & Burian, S. J., & Lutey, W. A., & Morse, A. N., & O'Neill, R., & Sanford Bernhardt, K. L., & Welker, A. L. (2011, June), Twenty-First Century Civil Engineering: An Overview of Who, What, and Where Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18391
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