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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

Typical Job Titles Requiring A Master's Degree

Land Developer

Engineering Officer

Structural Engineering 

Typical Job Titles For 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

Match This Major To Careers

Magnifying Glass And Exploration

Skills Needed For This Career

Artistic Design   Use Technology Effectively
Managing Time/Stres   Basic Computer Skills
Teamwork   Administrative Skills
Building and Construction   Conceptualization
Strategic Planning   Engineering Fundamentals
Defining Needs   Creating Innovative Solutions
Mathematic Skills   Forecasting/Predicting
Multi-tasking   Physics Foundation
Identifying Problems   Quantitative Reasoning
Expressing Ideas   Setting Goals
Data Analysis   Persuasion
Attention to detail   Analytical/critical thinking
Provide/respond to feedback   Judgment and Decision Making
Problem Solving    

Beginning Salary Ranges

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

Salary Resources

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

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
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

Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Program

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

Career 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