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Every time we use a phone, drive a car, watch TV, cross a bridge, or do myriad everyday activities, we are benefitting from the accumulated work of a most important, broad profession — engineering. To celebrate its contribution to our way of life, this is National Engineers Week. During this time, engineering societies and corporations will reach out to schoolchildren and stage events across the country to call attention to the achievements of the profession. From iPods to skyscrapers to space rockets, engineers apply science, math and principles of matter and energy to provide useful things to us. There are nearly 58,000 engineering establishments in the U.S., employing over a million such innovators and support staff out of the nearly 2.8 million people working in engineering fields. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <>.