From a career management perspective there is one reason
to get a PE. It may open the door to a job opportunity for you
in the future. Currently, there are some jobs that only a PE
• Only a PE can prepare, sign and seal, and submit
engineering plans and drawings to a public authority for
approval, or seal engineering work for public and private
• Some states require that individuals teaching engineering or
engineering design courses are licensed.
• If you are pursuing a career as a private practitioner, the
PE designation could prove invaluable, and will be required if
you advertise and provide engineering services to the public.
• Some government agencies require that certain higher level
engineers are licensed.
• Looking at the issue from the perspective of a potential
employer, if two or more candidates for a job are all equally
qualified, but one has a PE, that candidate may stand out.