Considering a Civil Engineer job? The overview below is designed to tell you more about the field, including the types of jobs available, skills required, typical salary range, and current industry trends.

Civil engineers are involved in the construction and design of buildings, roads, transportation systems, airports, tunnels, dams and bridges, water supply systems, sewage treatments and more. These are trained professions that use a variety of resources and tools to plan projects, and assess risk analysis, forecast results, analyze environmental considerations and other factors. They hold administrative and supervisory positions. Some specialize in design. Others teach or work in research. Civil engineers have their own businesses or operate independently, providing their services project to project.

Every civil engineer is going need no less than a Bachelor's degree. Senior positions require graduate studies. There is also licensure that can vary across states, but are usually required for any engineer providing services publicly. Almost a fifth of civil engineers have a Master's.

Anyone looking to hire a civil engineer is going to want to see a summary of successful projects that highlight their leadership and decision making skills, aptitude in organization and communication, and management of financial costs and budgets. Hiring managers will expect candidates to have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and completed at least one internship or engineer-in-training program.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, civil engineers were taking home a little under $80,000 a year in 2012 with the lowest 10 percent getting in the vicinity of $51,000 and the highest 10 percent receiving around $122,000. The highest paid were working in the federal government. Civil engineering is moving toward renewable energy projects. Any candidate ready for solar and large scale wind projects can look forward to a promising career.

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