Geotechnical Engineers

Geotechnical engineers research and study soil to evaluate its suitability for foundations. They investigate and assess construction sites, conduct lab tests, create designs for structures, supervise construction, and write and present reports. They work on such projects as designing tunnels and roadways, retaining walls and earth dams, as well as helping to create strategies for the clean-up and management of contaminated sites.

Quick Facts
Duties Evaluate soil, rock, and underground water to determine the feasibility and design specifications for construction projects
Alternate Title(s) Geotechnics Engineers, Ground Engineers, Soils Engineers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship, co-op, or apprenticeship
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Manager, or Technical Specialist, or Professor
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Intern

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