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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 -With a Bachelor’s Degree

•Civil Engineer

•Construction Engineer

•Environmental Engineer

•Facility Engineer

•Structural Designer

•Project Engineer

•Site Engineer

Typical Job Titles -With a Master’s Degree 

•Land Developer

•Engineering Officer

•Structural Engineering

General Career Directions

•AutoCAD Technician

•CAD Drafter

•Civil Engineering Designer

•Civil Engineering Sales

•Consulting Engineer

•Director of Transportation


•Environmental Manager

•Project Developer

•Project Manager

•Regional Manager

•Senior Civil Engineer

•Structural Engineer


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



•Road Construction Companies


Civil Engineer Salaries

The median annual wages for civil engineers in the top industries in which they work are as follows:The median annual wage for civil engineers is $83,540. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $53,470, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $132,880.


Professional Associations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Earthquake Engineers Research Institute (EERI)
  • United States Society of Dams (USSD)
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • ASM International
  • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)


Match This Major To Careers

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Skills Needed For This Career

Quantitative Reasoning Problem Solving
Research Skills      Data Analysis
Leadership Technical Writing
Computer Skills Reading Comprehension
Forecasting/Predicting Teamwork
Written Communication      Analytical/Critical Thinking

Job Search Resources

Holland Theme Codes

Civil Engineering:  Investigative  Realistic Enterprising 


Career Action Plan

•Conduct an 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