Civil Engineers

Civil engineers are involved in the design and construction of the physical structures that make up our surroundings, such as roads, bridges, buildings, and harbors. Civil engineering involves theoretical knowledge applied to the practical planning of the layout of our cities, towns, and other communities. It is concerned with modifying the natural environment and building new environments to better the lifestyles of the general public. Civil engineers are also known as structural engineers. There are approximately 262,170 civil engineers in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Design and supervise large construction projects including roads, airports, and dams; analyze survey reports, maps, and other data; test soils and building materials; use design software to plan transportation and hydraulic systems; provide cost estimates; advise clients on various projects
Alternate Title(s) Structural Engineers
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all locations, but are most numerous in major metropolitan areas and in developing regions
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Four years of fieldwork
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Engineering Manager
  • Senior Engineer, or Supervisory Engineer
  • Project Manager, or Engineer
  • Junior Engineer

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