Civil Engineering


Career Description

What would it feel like to have the expertise to build a school that could withstand an earthquake, a road system that puts an end to chronic traffic jams, or a sports stadium that offers everyone a great view? As a civil engineer, your job would be to oversee the construction of the buildings and infrastructure that make up our world: highways, skyscrapers, railways, bridges, and water reservoirs, as well as some of the most spectacular and high-profile of all engineering feats—think of the world’s tallest building, the towering Burj Kahlifa in Dubai, or the Chunnel, the 31-mile-long tunnel beneath the English Channel. Civil engineers are fond of saying that it’s architects who put designs on paper, but engineers who actually get things built.

Salary

Median
$82,220
Lowest
$52,900
Highest
$129,850

Projects

Ensure safe drinking water by managing a community’s water supply
Develop an art museum that provides state-of-the-art protection for paintings
Cut down on airport delays by designing a better runway system
Design the structure of one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers
Build cheap, sturdy shelters for victims of hurricanes and flooding
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