Civil Engineer

What Does A Civil Engineer Do?

Civil engineers design, build, and maintain construction projects including bridges, roads, tunnels, airports, and water supply and sewage treatment plants.

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How Do I Become A Civil Engineer?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in civil engineering is required to do this work. Some organizations may require a master’s degree, which would likely take an additional two-three years to earn. The more education you have, the more marketable you are!

What is the Average Salary For A Civil Engineer?

High – 125,000
Median – 80,000
Low – 50,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Civil Engineer?

  • Science – As much as possible, including physics!
  • Math – As much as possible, including calculus!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Technical Writing
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • 3D Design & Printing

What Is The Work Environment For A Civil Engineer?

Civil engineers typically work for engineering and construction firms and the government. Some engineers may spend some time outside monitoring their projects.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Civil Engineer?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Opportunities are best for applicants who have graduate degrees (6 year college degrees).


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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