Civil engineers design and supervise the creation of structures. Not just buildings
- Build skyscrapers, bridges or tunnels. Design structural supports for human colonies in space or on the moon.
- Construct dams or flood-control structures to create wetlands or recreation areas.
- Plan and supervise the development of new roads, railways or airports.
- Demolish old buildings by implosion (plant and detonate explosives in such a way that the structure falls into itself).
A four-year college degree is required for most civil engineering jobs. Many civil engineers specialize in structural, hydraulic, water resource, environmental, transportation or management positions and will seek engineering degrees specific to those fields.
Anywhere people build things, you can find civil engineers. Some work in offices, and others on construction sites. Depending on the project, civil engineers can work regular business hours or longer.
$36,100 with a bachelor's degree
$42,300 with a master's degree
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American Society of Civil Engineers