Many businesses in our society take a speculative approach, in which the originator actuates the effort, creates a result and then hopes to find a buyer. Why don’t surveyors take advantage of this business model?
Professional engineers and surveyors are much like attorneys. These professions all require significant education and (in many cases) licensing, and they all serve clients by performing needed services. However, when it comes to billing for those services, vast differences are evident.
I have one suggestion to help resolve the unemployment and under-employment issues facing our professions: The state boards of engineering and surveying should expand the work that requires a professional license by issuing new position statements.
I attended the NYSAPLS conference in Albany, N.Y., last week as a lecturer and speaker on a panel discussion. The conference was well attended; in fact, according to Jennifer Mauer, the association’s director, they had a record attendance for both audience and vendor participation.
my June column, I urged engineers and surveyors to consider increased education
After reading my column, Dr. David Gibson, founding director of the geomatics
program at the University
of Florida, called me to
further discuss education and licensure issues related to the surveying
profession. His insight and knowledge interested me, and I want to share what I
learned from him with POB