Why Join an Engineering Professional Society?

06 Feb 2021 5:44 PM | Annmarie Uliano (Administrator)

Professional societies exist for almost every profession in every industry. At some point in your career, the option to join a professional society will most likely be recommended by a friend or colleague. The American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) is the preeminent society for engineering management, and we are dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the engineering and technical management profession.

Benefits of Joining a Professional Society

When determining whether or not to join a professional society related to your career, there are several common benefits that most societies should offer:

  • Reach: Membership in a professional society gives you ready access to a national (and sometimes international) network of professionals engaged in similar professions and fields. ASEM prides itself on our international network, with a Director for International Members which encourages a regional community, as well as our 2020 International Webinar Series. You can also view recordings of webinars, and plan to attend more in the future.
  • Networking: Organizations often host conferences and other social events that allow you to engage with others face-to-face and expand your professional network. Check out coverage of the virtual International Annual Conference hosted in October 2020.
  • Research: Another main component of professional organizations is the professional development of their members. Groups often publish industry specific journals that allow members to contribute to the body of knowledge of their field and keep up to date on recent developments. ASEM has edited and published 32 volumes of the Engineering Management Journal (EMJ) since 1989, and they have been in a publishing partnership with Taylor & Francis since 2015.
  • Professional DevelopmentSpecialized training programs are also a common offering of professional organizations. The American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) has a partnership with UAH - University of Alabama Huntsville for a CAEM/CPEM Prep Course.
  • Career Assistance: Many professional societies cultivate industry-specific job boards that are available exclusively to members. In addition, when it comes to furthering your career, membership in a professional society can be a key indicator to your employer that you are an engaged employee dedicated to your field. Consider utilizing the ASEM job board to advertise open positions in your organization.
If you are a professional or academic involved in the field of engineering management, consider membership in the American Society for Engineering Management. Join today and be a part of a growing society that speaks for the engineering management profession. Visit our membership page for more information.

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