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the safest and most rewarding (not just monetarily either) industries to be in. Below are a few reasons I think this is true: ■ ■ Stability. Many people currently believe, and rightfully so, that most tech companies are overvalued and that the industry as a whole is in somewhat of a bubble, similar to the dot-com bubble in the ‘90s. I think the same can be confidently said about the electric vehicle market as it currently stands. AEC however, is a pretty stable industry with predictable demand and revenues. When market conditions get tough like we’re currently seeing, in many industries companies will start to freeze hiring or even lay off employees. Meanwhile in AEC, we’re scrambling to hire qualified people, as well as admin/business staff to support all the work that needs to be done. You see, if your background/education is useful and you’re a person who can get things done, there’s probably a good-paying job in AEC that you’re qualified for minus some of the potential of being laid off. Plus, we just had an unprecedented infrastructure bill fill many firms’ backlogs for the foreseeable future. We’re busy and can use all the help we can get. ■ ■ Competitive pay. Recruiting and retention is probably one of the single largest challenges that we’re seeing in the AEC industry right now. We seriously hear about it every day. If you’re interested in the industry and have either business or technical skills, there’s probably a slew of different opportunities out there that you can get yourself plugged into. Another point worth mentioning, second-tier leadership is another area that our industry’s lacking in. If you have the work ethic and right attitude, it’s not difficult to work yourself up the ladder at the right firm somewhat quickly. ■ ■ Rewarding. There are few industries that are as prominent in our everyday lives as AEC. Think about it! Where you live, the roads you drive on, the building you work in, the swanky restaurant down the street that you enjoy the atmosphere of, even the nature walking trail through the city that allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle. All these things are products of the ideas people in the AEC industry come up with. It’s quite rewarding to be able to look at a city’s skyline and know you had a hand constructing an icon of the city’s identity. Recently, I was at our ElevateHER conference in Dallas and was talking to a project architect involved in changing the green lights on Bank of America plaza to the new, controllable RGB ones seen today. This just happens to be the same building where Zweig Group’s Dallas office is and we just happen to be able to control the lights through an app. I was able to give her access to control the lights and the reaction was priceless. It was like I was able to bring the project full circle and that feeling was immensely satisfying. These are just a few of the things I’ve noticed since joining the AEC industry. Talk to anyone else, and they’ll have their own list of reasons. Mark Zweig wrote about this in one of his articles a while back. While many of our points are similar, I thought it would be fun to give a personal anecdote on how my experience has been entering AEC from a non-traditional route and what I’m seeing from my perspective. As I’m aware a majority of the intended audience of this newsletter are already established professionals and have seen this yourself, I encourage you to share this with any of the younger people you may know who are trying to decide where they want to go after they receive their degree. To the younger people who read this, please explore the opportunities within AEC. You may be surprised how much you like it! Zweig Group also has a new survey for new or recent grads who are planning a career in the AEC industry. Click here to participate! Will Anderson is a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Zweig Group. Contact him at

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