Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is the practical, economic, and efficient application of mathematical and scientific knowledge, experience, and theory in the use of material and natural resources to design and supervise the building of structures and facilities. Studies include the techniques of constructing bridges, dams, roads, railways, airports, water disposal systems, buildings, pipelines, and more.*

Sample Occupations

  • Engineering Specialties
  • Environmental
  • Architectural
  • Geotechnical
  • Urban Planning
  • Transportation
  • Structural
  • Construction
  • Materials Tester
  • Contractor
  • Construction Manager
  • Cost Estimator
  • Project Engineer
  • Bridge Engineer
  • Building Inspector
  • Engineering Technology
  • Site Manager
  • Land Surveyor
  • Utility Coordinator
  • Safety Inspector
  • Civil Designer
  • Other
  • Plant Administrator
  • Quality Controller
  • Research Analyst
  • Pollution Control Specialist

Types of Employers

  • Construction & Design Firms
  • Power Companies/Utilities
  • Architectural Firms
  • Research Centers
  • Department of Energy
  • Fed. Aviation Administration
  • Department of Transportation
  • Railroads
  • Airports
  • Consulting Firms

Preparing for your career in

Any Engineering Discipline: Seek out an internship or co-op to meet employer demand for entry-level employees with experience, join a student professional organization to keep abreast of trends in the field and network, plan to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam to increase employability, develop the ability to describe complex technical concepts in easy to understand terms, pursue a Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (ME), or Master of Business Administration (MBA) for opportunities in management, develop the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of disciplines, seek experience organizing and directing people and materials in student organizations

How do I know if its right for me?

ASSESS: Take a career assessment, such as PathwayU, to see how your interests, values, and personality fit with majors and careers.

RESEARCH: Research the careers on this WCIDWAMI and thousands of other careers using O*Net Online, The Occupational Outlook Handbook or FirstHand.

EXPLORE: Learn more about a career field of interest by job shadowing, attending a career panel, or participating in a Career Trek. Further your exploration while gaining valuable skills by completing an internship, co-op, volunteer, or research experience.