Seeing the Future, Looking Back

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At the beginning of the 1900s, a four-year baccalaureate degree was required to enter the engineering profession— more than for most other learned professions. Learned professions such as medicine, law, pharmacy, architecture, and accounting recognized the exploding body of knowledge in our society and responded to these changes by expanding their formal education requirements beyond a bachelor’s degree. The engineering profession’s requirements have remained unchanged, despite the ever-expanding technical and professional knowledge and skills and the fact that engineering services and engineered products affect the public health, safety, and welfare in all its aspects.
 



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