The population worldwide is growing, especially in coastal areas. According to the United Nations, three billion people are living along thousands of kilometres of coastal zones. Even prior to 1950 in developed regions more people lived in urban areas than in rural areas. A UN study predicts a similar development for the developing regions through 2020.
Dredging is vital to social and economic development, in particular to the construction and maintenance of much of the maritime infrastructure upon which worldwide economic prosperity as well as social and environmental well-being depends.
The dredging industry is dynamic and diverse offering solutions for global maritime and coastal challenges. IADC members execute over 60% of all dredging projects globally and over 80% of dredging works in open markets.
A career within the dredging industry offers challenging jobs at all levels with plenty of scope for career developments, not only in engineering but also in product and estimating, project management, finance, administration and commerce to name but a few.