Number of civil engineering graduates permanently low
As the Stuttgarter Zeitung reports, Germany is lacking around 2000 to 3000 civil and structural engineers according to Karsten Wischhof of the competency center for professional education and personnel development of the Main Association of the German Construction Industry. And this gap will increase by roughly 1,300 every year. In the 1990s the number of students was between 50,000 and 60,000 whereas today there are only 30,000 to 40,000. Only about 3,200 graduates follow the footsteps of 4,500 civil engineers having reached the retirement age.
Furthermore, the economic stimulus packages will increase the number of projects in the infrastructure and public works sectors. This emphasis will eventually be rduced again but the construction sector sees the future with optimism. "Especially in areas regarding climate protection, sustainability, infrastructure preservation and expansion the construction sector sees significant potential", says Wischhof. "For municipal infrastructure projects aöpme we except the necessary investments to be in the range of 700 billion Euros total until 2020."