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Prestige of Engineering

A recent article in the December 2001 issue of the Engineering Times, which is published by the National Society of Professional Engineers, reviewed the degree of prestige with which adult Americans view various professions.

The survey was done between August 15 and August 22. 2001 via telephone among a nationwide cross section of 1,017 adults. The polling was conducted by Harris Interactive of Rochester, New York.

The survey found that 36% of adult Americans felt that the engineering profession had "very great prestige" and 28% felt that architectural profession had "very great prestige." Interestingly, these percentages have not changed significantly in the many years the poll has been conducted. Back in 1977, 34% of adult Americans felt that the engineering profession had "very great prestige"

By way of comparison, approximately 61% of adult Americans feel that doctors have "very great prestige." Members of Congress are only given this distinction by 24% of respondents and only 18% feel that lawyers deserve this distinction.

The survey puts engineers & architects in the middle of the pack of professions.

Statistical Table

The chart above is reprinted from the December 2001 issue of Engineering Times

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