At Work: Engineers remain in high demand in tough economy

We need engineers. Lots of them. Even in this economy. And even more next year, the year after that and probably for as long as kids sit in classrooms, patients get surgery and people shop in stores, travel by car, plane and train and expect water to come out of their faucets when they turn the handle.

Cities and municipalities need engineers to improve roads, buildings and water systems. Oil and gas companies need field engineers and health care systems and research firms need design engineers, says Shelli Crockett of the College of Engineering at Texas Tech University.

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