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Civil Engineering Is For Everyone
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

You can find their work under you feet, over your head and even within the walls of your house. Their ideas produce the bridges you cross, the airports you fly out of, and the roads you travel by.

Civil engineers are unlike that of the typical engineer in that they spend most of their time in an office rather than a laboratory. They often work on projects sites to monitor the progess of the construction.

Civil engineers can be thought of as industrial architects. They design and supervise large construction projects that create and maintain our very civilization. The sewer systems, tunnels, dams, etc. What they do allows the rest of the world to do what they do.

Types of civil engineers vary as well. Geotechnical engineers work on the foundations of structures to ensure that they are solid and stable. Structural engineers design and assess major projects to make sure the entire thing is strong and durable. Transportation engineers plan and design systems we use everyday such as streets, highways, and harbors.

Saying their work is important is somewhat of an understatement. This is why the demand for civil engineers have continued to grow. As demand grows, so does the competition.

Civil engineers have to at least have a bachelor's degree. Those who want to work self-employed must also have a license. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of civil engineers in May 2010 was $77, 560.

Who Makes a Good Civil Engineer?

Civil engineers must be extremely good at what they do which why they go through years of learning and training. Certain qualities that are important for them to have are:
  • Excellent math skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Complex problem-solving skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Project management skills

Civil engineering is a highly popular job as well. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) providies membership benefits for civil engineers who join.

A career in civil engineering can also take you abroad. People who enjoy having a role where they can actively contribute to society can excel in a career as a civil engineer. As the world continues to grow, the need for professionals to help develop it will grow with it.