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As to your question, I’m not sure… give me the $10 million and let’s find out.


Structural engineers are known for working long hours.  This is one reason youngsters aren’t interested in our profession.  Why work for long hours for good / great salary when you can do almost anything in the computer field and make more money and work fewer hours?  (I should point out that my data is limited to personal accounts from acquaintances.)


I’ve been in the business for almost 11 years.  My first 2 years, I probably averaged about 42 hours / week.  During years 3 – 8, I averaged 50 hours / week or probably a little more.  There were several weeks above 70 and some above 80, while others in the firm were breaking 90.  For the last 3 years, I’ve averaged about 45 hours / week.  I’m now a shareholder in the A/E firm I work for and am feeling the pull to do more marketing activities, so my work week may get a little longer.  But I will resist that.  There are too many important things outside the office… the wife and kids being the first 5 on that list.   





-----Original Message-----
From: Jeremy White [mailto:jwhite(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 1:50 PM
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What I want to know is where this brain washing comes from which says structural engineers are expected to work long and hard hours because you do it for the love and personal satisfaction of the job and not the pay.  If I handed any structural engineer, say, $10 million dollars how long would they stay in the career that they “love” so much.  I don’t know any who would.  They’d be off to retire to the beach in a week and became part-time stock market gamblers with their new found wealth.  Am I wrong?


Jeremy White



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It is interesting that the average hours per week is 45.  This is probabaly the starting of the SE career, but as we all know, once we get into our career more, we are looking more like 60 hours per week or more.



I always feel guilty admitting this, but I probably do average closer to the 45 hour mark. I just can’t “get into” working/no life.


I know I should be working fifty and sixty hours a week (as a “real Amurcan”), but I can only do that for a week or two, following which I drop back to forty, so it averages out as above.


I guess someone has to be an “outlier” on the low side.