Engineers are critical to building the country’s future, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
While the number of engineers in the workforce has increased dramatically since 2010, the workforce is still small and it takes a long time for new hires to reach their full potential.
The GAO’s Civil Engineering Job Openings Index for the first three months of 2020 found that engineering jobs have increased from 17,600 to 26,200 jobs, a total of $1.7 trillion in jobs.
Engineers were also responsible for the majority of all job openings.
While the GAO report said that it’s likely that more jobs will be created as a result of increased hiring in civil engineering, it also cautioned that it would take at least a decade to fully rebuild the workforce.
The hiring boom is good news for businesses and the government as more and more industries are embracing the discipline and demand for more skills and knowledge, the GAo report said.
While hiring is still a work in progress, the growth in engineering jobs will help ensure that the U:s infrastructure, defense, energy, and infrastructure investments keep coming and that America is well-equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, said Jason Higgs, director of the U-S Department of Homeland Security’s Civil Engineer Programs.
The report also found that the Civil Engineer Program has a significant role to play in ensuring that the nation is well prepared to meet future threats.
The program provides technical and financial support for the Department of Defense, the Department in charge of homeland security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Coast Guard, and others.
They are building the future of the nation, and they need to have the tools, the knowledge, and the skills to do their job.”