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Civil Engineering Overview - Preparation - Day in the Life - Specialization -
Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations - Profiles of Civil Engineers 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, civil engineers hold about 278,400 jobs. This represents the largest sector of the 1.6 million engineers working in the United States.

Employment opportunities 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.

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