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


Civil engineers design and supervise the construction of roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and water supply and sewage systems. They must consider many factors in the design process from the construction costs and expected lifetime of a project to government regulations and potential environmental hazards such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

Civil engineering, considered one of the oldest engineering disciplines, encompasses many specialties. The major ones are structural, water resources, construction, transportation, and geotechnical engineering. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others may work in design, construction, research, and teaching.

Civil engineering is grouped into seven specialty areas: structural, environmental, geotechnical, water resources, transportation, construction, and urban planning. In practice, these are not always hard and fixed categories, but they offer a helpful way to review a very diverse and dynamic field.

Civil Engineering Resources

Online

Profiles of Civil Engineers:
Interviews of Professionals
Overview:
Overview of Civil Engineering
Day in the Life:
Teams and Coworkers, Tasks and Titles, Work Experience, Women and Minorities
Specialization:
Descriptions of the seven major disciplines within civil engineering
Preparation:
Undergraduate, Co-ops and Internships, Marketability, Licensing, Graduate School
Earnings:
Employer Size, Location, Type of Employer, Other Compensation Factors
Employment:
Statistics, Industries, Employers
Career Path Forecast:
Predictions for the Field
Professional Organizations:
Resources, Networking, Support
Podcast:
Overview of the field of Civil Engineering
Internet Resources:
American Society of Civil Engineers

Canadian Society for Civil Engineers
The Institution of Civil Engineers

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
 


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