Civil Engineering

The rebuilding of our infrastructure and the protection of our environment are some of the challenges that will be met by civil engineers in the 21st century. Civil engineers are essential participants in the planning, design and construction of our basic structures, including public works and large commercial projects. Public works, such as highways, bridges, tunnels, and sewage treatment plants represent a major activity of the profession. Among other specializations are transportation (asphalt and concrete pavements, traffic safety, travel demand forecasting, transportation regulations) and environmental engineering (control of emissions, wastewater treatment, solid waste disposal, and biological treatment of contaminated soils).


Related Career Titles for Civil Engineering

Civil Draftsperson

Civil Engineer

Computer Systems Analyst

Construction Manager


Design/Construction Engineer

Electrical Engineer

Environmental Engineer

Field Engineer

Geotechnical Engineer

Industrial Engineer

Investment Banker

Law Professional

Management Trainee

Manager of Information Systems

Manual Drafter

Manufacturing Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Military Official

Planning Engineer

Power Systems Engineer

Process Engineer (Chemical)

Production Manager


Project Engineer

Quality Assurance Engineer

Research and Development Specialist

Technical Researcher

Transportation Specialist


Software Engineer

Structural Engineer

Testing Engineer

Urban/Regional Planner

Industries That Hire Civil Engineering Majors

Construction Companies

Transportation Companies

Computer Companies

US Military

Environmental Protection Agency


Research Institutes

Banking (Commercial)

Building, Developing, & General Contracting

Architectural Services

Computer and Electronic Product


Financial Institutions

Waste Management & Remediation Services

Departments of Public Works

Law Offices

Social Services

Transportation Equipment Companies

Computer Systems Design/Computer Consulting (incl. computer programming)

Consulting Services (Management

Engineering Services

State and Local Governments

Federal Government

High Schools


Web Sites For Civil Engineering Majors

Engineering Central: Jobs for Civil Engineers


American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


Resources in the Career Resource Center


  • Job Choices for Science, Engineering, and Technology Students
  • Graduate Programs 2001
  • Newsweek Careers 2000
  • VGM’s Handbook of Scientific and Technical Careers
  • Career Advancement and Survival for Engineers
  • Careers in Science and Engineering
  • Career Information Center: Construction
  • Career Information Center: Transportation
  • Career Information Center: Employment Trends and Master Index
  • The Complete Guide for Occupational Exploration
  • The O*Net Dictionary of Occupational Titles
  • Environmental Jobs for Scientists and Engineers
  • The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century
  • The New Complete Guide to Environmental Careers
  • Great Jobs for Engineering Majors
  • Job Opportunities in Engineering and Computer Science
  • College Majors and Careers


  • The Sloan Career Cornerstone Series: Careers for Civil Engineers
  • Careers In Construction 1997 "Join America’s Build Team"


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