What Can You Do With a Major In Civil Engineering?  

Civil engineers design the built environment - the structures, roads, water supply systems, and much more - that surrounds us. The profession is broad and encompasses several technical areas including structures, transportation, geo-technics, water resources and environmental protection. Employment opportunities are plentiful in design, construction, management, teaching, and research. Employers include consulting firms, industrial companies, and government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Typical Career Paths

Research and Development
Urban Planning
Water Resources


Some Related Career Titles  


(To research these titles and more go to: (Occupational Outlook Handbook) and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library).


 With a Master's Degree

Land Developer

Engineering Officer

Structural Engineering


 With a Bachelor's Degree  

Civil Engineer 

Construction Engineer 

Environmental Engineer 

Facility Engineer 

Structural Designer 

Project Engineer 

Site Engineer 



 General Career Directions
  • AutoCAD Technician
  • CAD Drafter
  • Civil Engineering Designer
  • Civil Engineering Sales
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Director of Transportation
  • Engineer
  • Environmental Manager 
  • Project Developer 
  • Project Manager 
  • Regional Manager 
  • Senior Civil Engineer 
  • Structural Engineer 
  • Surveyor 


Typical Employers/Work Settings  

  • Architectural Firms
  • Construction Industry
  • Consulting Firms
  • Engineering Firms
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Medical Companies 
  • Oil Industry 
  • Power Industry 
  • Railroad Industry 
  • Telecommunications Industry 
  • Transportation Industry 
  • Utilities Industry
  • Railroads
  • Airports
  • Road Construction Companies

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Beginning Salary Range 


Entry Level with a Bachelor’s Degree: $51,000  (From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey - National Association of Colleges and Employers) 

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Links To Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.

American Society of Civil Engineers 
The Civil Engineer
National Academy of Engineering 
National Society for Professional Engineers
Society of Women Engineers  

Institute of Transportation Engineers
American Academy of Environmental Engineers
The Institute of Industrial Engineers
National Society of Professional Engineers
National Academy of Engineering
Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity
National Society of Black Engineers
Association for Women in Science
Society of Women Engineers
Engineers Without Borders



Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases







Graduate Schools   


Local Programs - Master of Science in Civil Engineering and other related programs
University of North Florida 
Florida State University 


Other resources for graduate program research  




Link To UNF Program  

The  College of Computing, Engineering and Construction  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in  Civil Engineering.   



Action Plan

  • Conduct and informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities and student groups (RA, Presidential Envoys, Student Government, Peer Advisors, etc. )
  • Join a professional association in this career field
  • Look to do internships in your junior and senior years to gain experience