Civil Engineering

Your Career in Civil Engineering


Average starting salary
for undergraduate students as of 2022


Average starting salary
for graduate students as of 2021
Dr. Eric Showalter on a job site

As a civil engineer you will plan, design and supervise construction of bridges, dams, interstate highways and buildings. Service to the community, its development and improvement are fundamental aspects of a civil engineering career. Although you may specialize within a given area, you will be interacting with specialists in other areas, such as mechanical, electrical, or geological engineering in the planning, design, and construction of complex facilities.

Civil engineers must be effective public communicators. You may be expected to work with property owners, concerned citizens, city officials, attorneys and even doctors for concerns related to public health measures.