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Archive through October 22, 2009Robert W. Johnson126 10-22-09  08:16 pm
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Robert W. Johnson
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Username: robert_w_johnson

Post Number: 182
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 12:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

FYI here are update of results of the survey at both discussion forums (4Specs & CSI) after 82 responses:

High: 76
Low: 32
Average: 55
Median: 56

Age at writing first specs:
High: 56
Low: 17
Average: 32
Median: 30

Age at first formal specification education:
High: 56
Low: 20
Average: 33
Median: 34

Age at achieving CCS:
High: 57
Low: 26
Average: 39
Median: 40

Age at becomming full-time specifier:
High: 62
Low: 20
Average: 39
Median: 40

So based on this limited survey, today's "average specifier" would be 55 years old with an architectural education (70%), wrote their first specs at about 32 years old, had a mentor (72%) in their office (82%), got their first formal specification education from CSI (65%) at about age 33, achieved CCS certification at about age 39, and became a full-time specifier at about age 39.

There are a few that started in their early 20's, but not many (10%). This would seem to indicate that lack of young specifiers in today's world is not a new story and that most people do not become specifiers until they have been around the "professional block" a few times and discovered where their talents lie and what part of the profession they are most interested in.

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