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Reasons for engineers to obtain a license

Working in certain professions requires workers to obtain professional licenses. These licenses allow people to seek employment and provide a degree of certainty for the public. Obtaining and keeping a professional license is important for various professions. Here are some important reasons why engineers should obtain a license.

One of the most important reasons for you to obtain a license as an engineer is that it can aid your career development. Obtaining a license helps you show commitment to the profession to your current employer and all potential future employers. It also puts you at the top of almost every applicant list when applying for new jobs.

Money is another important reason for obtaining a license as an engineer. You will likely earn more money throughout your career with a license compared to engineers who work without a license. If this isn't a good enough motivator, who knows what is.

If you want to have the ability to sign and seal engineering drawings you will need a license to do so. Only licensed engineers can perform this task. Licensed engineers are the only ones in the industry who are allowed to serve as expert witnesses at trials and who can oversee private firms.

Obtaining a license as an engineer also provides you with the opportunity to open your own engineering firm or work as a specialist with other firms.

If your engineer license is in jeopardy it's best to speak with an experienced professional license defense attorney in Sacramento about your situation. You will want to protect your rights immediately upon notification of an investigation.

Source: National Society of Professional Engineers, "Why Get Licensed?," accessed Dec. 08, 2017

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