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Stan...are you sure NCSEA didn't boast a membership of 8,000? 

From: Caldwell, Stan <scaldwell(--nospam--at)>
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: RE: CE News needs your opinion
Date: Thursday, May 13, 1999 4:48 PM

Suzanne Warden asked:

1)  Do you have an estimate of how many Structural Engineers are registered
in North America? Globally?

There is a big conspiracy to keep this a secret!  Nobody knows how many
structural engineers are practicing in the United States.  They are
(not registered) in most states simply as PEs, not SEs.  I recall NCSEA
boasting a year or two ago that they now represent 80,000 structural
engineers.  On this basis, I would guess that there are about 100,000
licensed engineers practicing structural engineering in the U.S., and maybe
another 30,000 who are not licensed.  Globally, add another 5% (just
kidding, perhaps 150-200% would be more like it). 

2)  How many are in private consultative practices;  How many in
architectural firms?

I would guess that 60-75% are in private practice in either engineering or
architecture firms.  Of these, I would guess that 80% are in engineering
firms or EA firms of various sizes, and the remainder are in architecture
firms or AE firms.

3a)  Is there a specialized degree or designation for those specializing in
steel-framed structures? What percentage of the SE population are these?

The answer to the first question is no, without any guesswork required. 
answer to the second question is more subjective.  Outside of California,
nearly all structural engineers often design in steel (but very few if any
restrict their design work to steel).  In California, there are apparently
number of engineers who design primarily in wood.  This is apparently
because they enjoy the prescriptive requirements of the building codes
(still just kidding).

3)  Do you have an estimate of how many have internet access?

My guess, with no supporting data, is 40-50%.

Now then, with all of the opinions stated above and $1.68 (incl. tax), you
can go buy a Latte Grande at Starbucks.  We are lucky that our automobiles
run on gasoline, and not coffee!

Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas