2012 Surveys in Review

2012 saw 5,673 votes cast by members on AUGI polls and surveys. Thank you to everyone who took a moment to chime in and share.

To check out the results of each of the individual polls, search the library, or see the survey archive page: (you must be logged in to download survey results).

The annual Salary Survey was the clear leader with 2,778 participants, and the polls on your first AutoCAD and Revit versions were pretty popular, too, with 750 and 590 votes cast.

I hope you’ve taken the February poll on the homepage, asking about your current educational initiatives. Don’t forget to come back in March to revisit the topic from last year: how many people are looking for a job right now and why.

While I do have a schedule of polls to run for the year, I’d love to hear topic suggestions from our manufacturing, civil and design visualization members and would happily work in some polls for you. What would you like to know about your peers and how they’re working?

Random Stats
The March survey revealed that 23% of employed AUGI members are dissatisfied with their current jobs and are currently looking for a new position. An additional 11% said they planned to start searching within a year. The July salary survey revealed that, of those looking for work, 44% report that being underpaid is a factor in their dissatisfaction. That was the #1 reason given. Lack of regular reviews or raises was the 5th most frequent cause cited. It’s not all about the money, though; boredom was listed as the 6th most popular reason.

It’s still a mixed bag in our economy, with 14% of members reporting that their companies have reduced wages or benefits in the past year, but with 44% reporting an increase in them. 8% let subscriptions lapse, but 65% of companies did invest in software and hardware upgrades. 6% reported that nothing significant had changed with their business in the past year.

Here is a sample of some of the market segments that reported adding staff last year:

  • The October survey revealed that 80% of members report using 3D design, 10% will do some in the future, but, another 10% say they never will because it’s not necessary for their work.
  • The November survey shows that 52% of us have an online resume of sorts with a LinkedIn profile.

  • The January poll revealed that 75% of AUGI members found out about the organization through face to face interaction, and only 25% discovered us through search engines  or other electronic means.

I have enjoyed looking back at 2012 and am anxious to see what AUGI members will reveal in 2013!

Melanie Stone is a CAFM/ IWMS Specialist & System Administrator supporting and writing about ARCHIBUS, FMInteract, Tririga, Revit, AutoCAD, BricsCAD or similar. She served as an AUGI Director/Officer for over 6 years and is currently involved with the STLRUG. Melanie can be reached at or found on Twitter as @MistresDorkness on YouTube or on her Mistress Of the Dorkness blog.

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