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Professional Engineer


A licensed professional engineer (PE) evaluates, plans, designs, supervises, and/or consults on the construction or operation of:

  • utilities
  • houses, office buildings, shopping centers, roads, bridges, etc.
  • machines and equipment

. . . and other projects and processes which require the application of engineering principles and data to safeguard people and property. Individuals, government agencies and private companies employ professional engineers.

Licensing Requirements:

A licensed New York PE has earned a minimum of 12 years of education/experience credit and has passed a 16-hour national licensing examination. Most New York PEs have a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program and have earned qualifying experience as an intern engineer. Many engineers also have a master's degree in their field.


The fee for licensure and first registration is $377.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 2,000 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 1,429 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2020, there were 1,588 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of January 1, 2021, there were 15,619 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying & Geology
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 140
Fax: (518) 473-6282
E-mail: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

17-2011 to 17-2199 - Various Engineers to All Other Engineers
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

National Society of Professional Engineers
1420 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2794
Phone: (888)285-NSPE (6773)


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 2/8/21.

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