to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, civil engineers hold about
This represents the largest sector of the 1.6 million engineers working
in the United States.
for civil engineers exist all over the world. Civil engineers are needed
everywhere to plan, design, construct, operate, improve, and renovate
the projects essential to modern comfort and growth. Where you work
makes a big difference to your career. The key to making a success of a
foreign assignment is being prepared, considering all the issues, and
having a clear picture of the benefits.
While there are abundant opportunities to work internationally as a
civil engineer, it takes some special preparation to do well abroad.
Speaking more than one language is a major factor. Being able to adapt
to new conditions rapidly is another. Although the international
workforce is becoming more mobile every day, traditionally big
engineering firms tend to send experienced senior level staff on
international assignments. Studying abroad is one way to investigate how
interested you are in working internationally. Some form of
international work or study experience is a strong credential for a
young civil engineer. Even if you do not want to work in other countries
on a regular basis, understanding engineering from a global perspective
will enhance your ability to complete domestically in what is,
increasingly, a world market.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.