Recently, there has been a construction boom out in India that is seeking civil engineers and designers for help in building high rise apartment buildings and the like. The shortage has developed out of a lack of Indian graduates moving into those fields – instead graduates are working in the information technology field, which is always seeking in India. According to the Economic Times the salary for someone in civil engineering versus someone in information technology is roughly half, causing a serious shortage:
“Infrastructure problems ranging from dirt roads to power cuts are a major obstacle to India’s future growth, and the government plans to spend one trillion dollars on upgrades between 2012 and 2017. India has jealously watched China’s remarkable economic development over the last 20 years, which has been made possible by huge and successful public construction projects. Experts however warn that India faces a massive shortfall of qualified civil engineers. Delhi’s new metro system is one shining example of the type of project that would be welcomed across India. But when a new stretch of track opened before the Commonwealth Games, the chief of the project E. Sreedharan complained bitterly about a ‘severe shortage of architectural and civil engineers.’”
This story highlights the importance of all kinds of engineers across the world. Not having enough civil engineers may stall India’s movement towards growth in years to come and that would be a shame.