Civil Engineer

Asphalt Engineer, Bridge/Structure Inspection Team Leader, Building Construction Engineer   More Names
Civil Engineering Project Manager, Construction Engineer, Roadway Engineer, Seaport Planning Manager, Structural Engineering Project Manager, Transit Planning Director, Transportation Engineer, Transportation Planner

Civil engineers provide the detailed specifications construction personnel need to build and maintain transportation systems or parts of systems, such as airports, commuter trains, highways, streets, bridges, drainage structures, or roadway lighting. They also design internal systems for public transportation facilities, from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) to electrical.

Civil engineers should have an understanding of policies and procedures related to the construction of public transportation facilities, and have the ability to coordinate work across departments. Good supervisory, project management, communication, strategic planning, and budgeting skills are required.

Civil engineers usually work indoors, in environmentally controlled offices, but may spend some time outside on construction sites. It is critical that engineers be exact and accurate, as any mistakes could have serious consequences for co-workers and those using the transportation systems. Civil engineers generally work with a work group or team, and spend a significant amount of time in contact with others. Their work is generally structured, but they do have some freedom to make decisions.

Civil engineers must have at least a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, while employers prefer candidates with a master's, doctoral, or professional degree. A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. Click on the "get qualified" tab above to see available educational programs in your area.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
8% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $65,330 - $107,140    Hourly: $31 - $52

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

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Typical Education:

Bachelor's Degree (High School + 4 or more Years)
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Percent Job Growth:

8% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $65,330 - $107,140

Hourly: $31 - $52