The nation has greatly benefited from the skills and ethics-driven professionalism of engineers. However, some members of the profession, as well as observers, believe that engineering is being viewed more and more as a commodity and is in danger of drifting away from a focus on civic obligations and civic partnerships. These shifting perceptions are causing engineers to speak out more on what it truly means to be a professional.
This fall, 16 professional liability insurance providers responded to an annual survey on industry trends. The survey is conducted by NSPE's Professional Engineers in Private Practice, the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Institute of Architects, and the AIA Trust. The survey culminated with face-to-face interviews on October 2. Below are some of the survey highlights.