What Can You Do with a Civil Engineering Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with a Civil Engineering degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with a Civil Engineering degree?

Civil engineers design bridges, pipelines, tunnels, roads, parking lots, airports, dams, and many other structures. Any large structure was meticulously designed before the construction ever started. Some civil engineering degree holders go to work for the government. Some work for engineering firms. Some own their own engineering companies.

Civil engineers often end up working on environmental projects. Some work with water supplies and waste management. Civil engineers are always involved in large construction projects. It’s also up to civil engineers to design road systems, intersections, and traffic control systems. Some civil engineers work on actual job sites, some work at a desk and computer, and some do a little bit of both.

Some civil engineering majors find themselves in management, whether they are managing other people or overseeing actual projects. Many civil engineering majors choose to go on to graduate school.

In most cases, you would need a license (Professional Engineer’s License) to work as a civil engineer, but colleges and universities know this and work to prepare students for the necessary exams.

Civil Engineers guard the health and safety of our world. Our projects provide the power you use for your computer, the roads you travel to get to school, the ball field you play on, and the clean water at the fountain in the hall. Look up; a Civil Engineer made sure the ceiling above you stays there. Civil Engineers need to be highly technical, but also good communicators and decision makers. Majoring in Civil Engineering at college will give you all those tools and more.

Robert L. Berry III, P.E.
Main-Land Development Consultants, Inc.

Careers you can get with a degree in civil engineering include:

  • Associate Engineer
  • City Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
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