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Solving problems motivates engineers more than getting a paycheque

New York, NY -- A survey by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers of 830 electrical engineers found...


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March 5, 2004
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

New York, NY — A survey by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers of 830 electrical engineers found that three quarters are motivated mostly by inventing, building and designing new technologies and solving real-world problems. Only 3% say money is their most important reward.

Conducted in December 2003 by the IEEE and IEEE Spectrum magazine, the survey also found that, while about a third of working members and 41% of students appreciate their profession’s financial benefits, they real value of their work can’t be measured monetarily.

According to the survey, one in five of the respondents enjoy being engineers because they can have a positive influence on the environment.

Engineers are generally happy, the survey shows, with most reporting that they like how their jobs lets them figure things out.

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Almost half of the respondents to the survey reported that they knew they wanted to be technologists by the time they were 15 years old, 13% were sure by age 10, and 40% decided to become engineers when they were between 16 and 20 years old.

The majority said that a family member helped direct them to a technical career. Roughly 27% said that meeting an engineer had helped in their decision to work in the technology field.

For more information from the survey, visit www.spectrum.ieee.org.