Are Engineers Happy People?

by Mir M. Ali, Proj. Engr.; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Ill.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 8, Pg. 58-59

Document Type: Feature article


Job satisfaction for the professional engineer is discussed in relation to society's image of the engineer and the engineering profession. It is argued that society has a limited view of the engineering profession. Also, other scientific professions tend to view engineering as a narrower offshoot of physics, chemistry, or mathematics. In addition, engineers rarely receive publicity or recognition for a project unless something goes wrong with the project. In spite of these public views, this essay states that engineers find satisfaction in their acts of accomplishment, use of their knowledge, and their contributions to society and civilization.

Subject Headings: Professional societies | Job satisfaction | Professional development | Imaging techniques | Chemistry | Mathematics

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