Structural Engineer

What Does A Structural Engineer Do?

Structural engineering is a branch of civil engineering that focuses on the planning, designing, and management of the construction of structures such as buildings, bridges, dams, and power plants.

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How Do I Become A Structural Engineer?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in structural or civil engineering is required. A higher degree (master’s degree), which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable and may be necessary to obtain positions in some organizations.

What is the Average Salary For A Structural Engineer?

High – 135,000
Median – 84,000
Low – 54,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Structural 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 Structural Engineer?

Structural engineers are generally employed by construction firms, consulting companies, and the government. These engineers work in a variety of locations and conditions, and may need to spend time outdoors on the construction sites that they monitor.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Structural Engineer?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


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

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