With the increased construction in the real estate sector, there has been an increased demand for civil engineers to erect buildings, which are on high demand for occupation by residents and business operators in the United States and internationally. Due to this level of demand for these individuals, there has been a shortage of the same services, and hence the available professionals have been charging a significant amount of money to offer their services to the clients who need them desperately. As a result, the US government has observed this trend and discovered that if the country continues with the same trend, the economy would be affected by the hi cost of construction that would be realized in a few years to come. In response to this, the government has urged the young people who are joining universities and colleges to enroll in the Structural design & engineering courses so that they can fill the gap that is existing in the industry.
One benefit that the industry and the country enjoy as a result of having enough professionals who are capable of performing the roles of the industry is that they can control the cost of delivering the services to the clients, who are the general public and the citizens of the government. Failure to do this, the few professionals available would dictate the market prices and the industry would turn into a kind of monopolistic institute due to the lack of competition. This is because the professionals would manage to arm-twist the clients and the government since there are limited options for them to turn to.
With the enhanced campaign by the government to encourage the young people to train in the engineering courses, there has been a significant increase in the number of qualified engineers who are performing the structural designing activities on behalf of the constructors. This signifies a bright future for the industry regarding growth and development. However, there are a few elements in the industry who are taking advantage of the shortage of professionals. They purport to be engineers while they have no clue about the engineering activities and how they should be carried out. For this reason, the contractors and the real estate investors who may require hiring the services of a structural engineer are advised to take enough caution when selecting one. This is to ensure that they never fall victims of the cons, who are very willing to do anything to ensure that they get that hard-earned money from the innocent clients’ pockets.
One of the recommendations to the clients is to check the credibility of the engineers before entering into contracts with them. This can be done by checking out for their licenses and the certificates of operation from the relevant engineering bodies. This is to ensure that they confirm the legitimacy of the professional and that they are operating legally. It is also advisable that the clients meet the alleged professionals in person so that they can assess their personality as they speak face to face. This is to ensure that they are dealing with real professionals and not their proxies.