Yet, mysteriously, civil engineers, material scientists and statisticians somehow keep being hired and the work keeps getting done. Baffling, I know.
I bet you'd hire a programmer without a degree who can do the work before you'd hire a civil engineer who learned how to build stuff off the Internet. :)
but since people can show it in the programming world, you are at a disadvantage if you don't.
if a civil engineer had some way to show what they could do, I'm sure it'd give them an advantage.