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Canadian engineers well paid and satisfied with work

Ottawa, ON -- Canada's professional engineers have a high-level of job satisfaction, have an average annual income...


Ottawa, ON — Canada’s professional engineers have a high-level of job satisfaction, have an average annual income (from 2001) of over $87,000, and often work in a managerial role, according to an EKOS Research Associates Inc. survey.

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE), and the federal government, the 2002 National Survey of Professional Engineers gauged recent trends in engineering and geoscience professions.

At 86%, a large majority of Canada’s professional engineers are satisfied with their careers, the survey found. The freedom to decide on major issues affecting how professional engineers do their work, as well as job advancement, were cited as the major factors contributing to the high level job satisfaction.

Of those surveyed, 75% of professional engineers said they are happy with their career prospects and 60% believe there are opportunities for advancement.

Statistics also show that engineers are generally encouraged by their employers to pursue additional training. Approximately 80% of respondents, who pursued additional training in the three years prior to the survey, indicated that their employers supported their training financially, and 50% indicated that their employers provided time off for training.

Professional engineers have the potential to earn a good living, with a median income of $78,000; 30% report annual incomes of greater than $90,000.

In addition, at 18%, women are especially well represented in the environmental engineering sector. Women also tend to be very positive about their job advancement opportunities.

Additional data from Canadian Engineers for Tomorrow: Trends in Engineering Enrolment and Degrees Awarded 1997 to 2001, suggests that there will be a need to increase the number of qualified university educators within the next 10 years. During the 2000-2001 school year, more than 85% of Canada’s engineering faculties were unable to fill all their teaching positions.

In the opinion of Marie Lemay, P. Eng, chief executive officer of CCPE, "the EKOS survey clearly shows that it is an exciting and fulfilling time to be a member of the engineering profession in Canada. With a current focus on innovation, the trend is likely to continue, given the vital role engineers play in transforming technological ideas into reality."

Between April and June 2002, a total of 27,120 engineers-in-training, licensed engineers and geoscientists completed the survey. Findings are considered accurate within less than one percentage point, 19 times out of 20.

CCPE is an national organization of the 12 provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license the country’s more than 160,000 professional engineers.

Background information on the survey can be found at www.ccpe.ca/e/files/nationalsurveybackgrounderjune04.pdf.

In other news, Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., FCSCE of Alberta, was elected president of the CCPE for 2004-2005 on June 10, 2004.