Professional Development in Iowa: 1979 Surveys

by Robert D. Reckert, (F.ASCE), Executive Vice Pres.; DeWild Grant Reckert & Associates Co., Rock Rapids, Iowa; also Immediate Past Chmn., ACSM Committee on Curricula Accredation and Registration of Engrs.; Chmn., NCEE Participating Organizations Liason Committee,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 4, Pg. 365-372

Document Type: Journal Paper


Surveys conducted in Iowa in 1979 reveal that three-fourths of the licensed civil engineers and 90% of the land surveyors will meet the mandatory Professional Development requirements and maintain their licenses to practice. The individuals most likely to drop their licenses or convert them to an inactive status are those who are not residents of Iowa and those who are retired. Most of the civil engineers oppose mandatory requirements for Professional Development; the majority of land surveyors favor such requirements. Some confusion exists among registrants in interpreting the rules adopted. The cost of complying with the rules is a matter of significant concern. The land surveyor group is seriously deficient in the level of attainment of post-secondary education. Annual salaries range from about –24,000 for the land surveyor group to –31,500 for the civil engineer group. Registrants who are society members receive higher annual salaries than those who are not.

Subject Headings: Land surveys | Licensure and certification | Professional development | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Land use | Professional practice | Employee compensation and benefits | Education | Iowa | United States

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