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Careers in the USA: Civil Engineers

Civil Engineers
Civil engineers design and supervise large construction projects.

Quick Facts: Civil Engineers

2012 Median Pay
$79,340 per year
$38.14 per hour

Entry-Level Education
Bachelor’s degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation
None

On-the-job Training
None

Number of Jobs, 2012
272,900

Job Outlook, 2012-22
20% (Faster than average)

Employment Change, 2012-22
53,700

What Civil Engineers Do

Civil engineers design, construct, supervise, operate, and maintain large construction projects and systems, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.

Work Environment
Civil engineers generally work indoors in offices. However, many spend time outdoors at construction sites so they can monitor operations or solve problems onsite. Most work full time.

How to Become a Civil Engineer
Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree, either in civil engineering or civil engineering technology. They typically need a graduate degree and licensure for promotion to senior positions. Though licensure requirements vary within the U.S., civil engineers must usually be licensed in the locations where they provide services publicly.

Pay
The median annual wage for civil engineers was $79,340 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As infrastructure continues to age, civil engineers will be needed to manage projects to rebuild bridges, repair roads, and upgrade levees and dams.

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