|What do civil engineers do?
design things. These might be roads, buildings, airports, tunnels,
dams, bridges, or water supply and sewage systems. This is one
of the oldest types of engineering.
engineers manage people and projects. A civil engineer may oversee
a construction site or be a city engineer. Others may work in
design, construction, research, and teaching.
usually work in areas that are industry and business centers.
Often they work at construction sites. Some times they work in
places that are far away from cities.
|How do you get ready to become a civil engineer?
in engineering is needed for almost all entry-level engineering
jobs. College grads with a degree in a science or mathematics
may get some jobs.
engineering school requires a strong report card in math and science,
and courses in English, social studies, and computers.
In a typical
college, the first 2 years are for studying math, science, engineering
basics, the arts, and social sciences. In the last 2 years, most
courses are in engineering, mostly in a single branch.
should be creative, curious, analytical, and detail-oriented.
They should be able to work as part of a team. People skills are
important. This is because engineers often work with people in
a wide range of fields.
|How much do civil engineers earn?
half of all civil engineers earned between $48,360 and $74,700
per year. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $39,960.
The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $91,010.
to a 2003 salary survey, people with a bachelor's degree in civil
engineering started at $41,669 a year on average. People with
a master's degree started at $47,245 a year. People with a Ph.D.
started at $69,079 a year.
held about 228,000 jobs in 2002. More than 4 in 10 worked for
firms that did architectural, engineering, and related services
work. Mostly they came up with designs for new construction projects.
Almost one-third were in some level of government. The rest mostly
worked in the construction industry.
It is expected
that civil engineer jobs will increase more slowly than the average
through 2012. More civil engineers will be needed to design and
build things as the population grows.
Some job openings
will occur to replace those who go to other jobs or leave the
labor force. Job openings will also depend on where you live.
There may not be as many jobs when the economy is doing poorly.
This is because there is often less construction at such times.
|Are there other jobs like this?
and food scientists
and information systems managers
and natural sciences managers
- Sales engineers
Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook -- U.S. Department of
Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
|Where can you find more information?
about civil engineers can be found in the Careers