Focus on Occupations

Welcome to CareerLocker’s new monthly series called “Focus on Occupations.” In the spirit of celebrating each month, CareerLocker will highlight a Career Cluster of occupations. These occupations will be timely in terms of celebrating the month, high-interest careers, or “hot” jobs. This month’s Focus on Occupations highlights engineering careers for National Engineer’s Week. Written with students needs in mind, this series is a great way to improve curriculum and instruction.

Focus on Occupations Series National Engineer's Week

I Cannot Tell a Lie: Engineers are Changing the Way the World Works

In February, CareerLocker features the contributions of engineers during National Engineer’s Week. This week highlights the accomplishments and achievements of engineers.  George Washington, the president who could not tell a lie, is considered the first engineer for his work in surveying. National Engineer’s Week is celebrated over the week of George Washington’s birthday, February 22nd.  Let’s learn a bit more about the occupation President Washington participated in, surveying, and two others–civil engineering and environmental engineering. Each of these occupations contributes to how we understand, travel and protect the earth.

  • Land Surveyors. The tools George Washington used to survey were very different than the tools used by surveyors today. Today’s most used tool is a Global Positioning System (GPS). Tools like GPS help surveyors establish and mark property lines by plotting the location of land and water boundaries. Their measurements of the earth allow mapmakers (cartographers), and road planners (urban planning engineers) to create cities and transportation ways.
  • Civil Engineers. Speaking of transportation, do you like planes, trains and automobiles? Civil engineers help people get from point A to point B by designing and overseeing the construction of airports, transportation systems and roads. Overseeing construction, they also design bridges, water ways, and wastewater systems. A high paying job, with a national average of $62,840, civil engineers keep us moving. They do so in an environmentally conscious way. Not only are they concerned with the creation of such transits, but they also attend to the environmental impact.
  • Environmental Engineers. Want to focus solely on protecting the earth? How would you like to help protect and clean up the environment, while earning a sizable wage (average of $60,040 per year)? Environmental engineers work with federal agencies and businesses to protect people from hazardous waste. Researching acid rain and global warming are other tasks they perform. Environmental engineering is a “hot” job.

Whether mapping the earth, traveling it, or saving it, an occupation in engineering is a great career choice. To view these highlighted occupations and watch videos, go to the CareerLocker’s homepage (https://wiscareers.wisc.edu).

“Hot” job are jobs projected to increase by at least 27% over the next 10 years in job openings.

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