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13 April 2015

Are specifiers an endangered species?

For many years, there have been debates about the future of construction specifiers. Where will we find new specifiers? Are they all dying off? Is the profession no longer needed? While I believe there is reason for concern, I don't think much has changed.

Several years ago, Bob Johnson conducted an informal survey on, asking members to answer these questions:
  • What is your current age?
  • Did you receive education beyond high school?
  • What was your major?
  • At what age did you first prepare some significant specifications?
  • Did you have a mentor in specifications?
  • How was the mentor related to you (office, CSI chapter, etc.)?
  • At what age did you first take a formal education seminar or course in specifications?
  • Who provided the education?
  • At what age did you achieve CCS (will be later for many because of when the program started)?
  • At what age did you first become a full-time specifier?