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Don’t Want to Get Stressed as an Engineer? Work for the Government

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Government might be the solution for you.

When you get to ask employed engineers around if they are stressed with their work, they will respond with either a resounding yes or a raised eyebrow insinuating if the question is serious. It cannot be serious. Stress is part of the engineering work that originates on the first day one signs up for engineering college.

But that may not always be the case – if you get to get to ask the same question in a government office filled with engineers, they might be too honest to say the contrary, that they are living a chill life.

I stumbled upon this thread in the subreddit Engineering that asked in its title, “What is the least stressful engineering job?” While the most upvoted reply as of this posting is that “stress is a part of engineering,” what caught my attention is another top answer which is abbreviated word for “government.”

That answer must not have been just a random one since it is supported with other redditors’ statements and a lot of upvotes. One agreed having to say from his own experience, working for the state government on the regular working hours which range from 8 am to 5 pm, with plenty of holidays and sick leaves – all on top of the zero stress, he claims. Another commented having a friend who did software for United States Geological Survey, only to say that it was the easiest job his friend has ever done. Another shared that engineering work in the government feels like part-time. There are lot more replies that other hardworking engineers might cringe to and frown upon.

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Why does this happen? It’s not only that redditors share these experiences (but after all, people on Reddit represent a voice, a population), I also know some people who live a pretty stress-less life as engineers working for the government. Are they not given enough responsibilities to deliver what they are required to do? Or are they not compelled to practice engineering? What are the standard expectations for engineers working for the government anyway?

I’d prefer those questions stay rhetorical. But well, if you’re looking for the easiest engineering jobs and join the league of engineers with zero stress, the Internet has spoken: go work for the government.

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  1. An engineer to an engineer, have you tried working for the government? Coz I’ve been in a gov agency for years now.
    Let me tell you my story. I’m a full pledged engineer with a working master’s degree in the facilities department of a government agency. Actually I have two prc licences. My post in the government is a technician since there are no available engineer plantilla slots. Thus my compesation isnt that of what an engineer should have.We are under manned and under equipped. We work a min of 8hrs a day, overtime pay are not encourage but we still extend our service. We attend seminars with 800php/day per diem which covers our lodging,3meals and transpo within the area. We innovate with the resources we have at our disposal since we don’t have a lot of financial resources. Our agency could not provide our PPE’s, so we buy those from our own pocket. We do not have a working computer, thus we use my laptop at the office. I could go on you know. So before you go blabbing around that we are the less stressed, have a second thought.

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