Large concrete bridge enshrouded in fog

It’s true that our society cannot function without Civil Engineers. Everything that we see around us, from the smallest houses to the tallest skyscrapers, the tiniest lanes to the intricate highways, roads, and bridges. From the small drains and sewage systems to the huge dams and water treatment plants. All these infrastructures have the brain and expertise of a civil engineer to make them sturdy, resilient, and sustainable.

Civil engineering brings together the three elements of Engineering, Design, and Art into one picture that we call a blueprint.

It combines science (sound infrastructures) and arts (design aesthetics, sketches), giving engineers a chance to combine different ideas that work. Civil engineers get to work on a variety of areas like planning, designing, constructing, supervising operations, and maintenance of structures they’ve created.

Since civil engineering is one of the oldest branches of engineering (came into being between 4000-2000 BC in Ancient Egypt), it draws upon centuries of experience and expertise that can highly benefit the modern-day engineers.

If you loved constructing Lego structures as a kid and enjoyed solving math and physics problems, then there is a high chance that you’ll make yourself a great career in civil engineering.

Here are a some reasons as to why civil engineering is one of the most exciting and important professions:

1. It’s a lucrative career choice

Civil engineering is one of the top five in-demand engineering jobs of the future. It is also one of the most high-paying jobs one can get with a bachelor’s degree. With an ever-increasing population, there’s a need for better infrastructure, which means there are enough jobs out there waiting to be taken.

2. Civil Engineers Make the World Civilized and Beautiful

The day-to-day lives of people are impacted by decisions made by civil engineers, which is why the importance of civil engineering can’t be emphasized enough.

Civil engineers make the world look beautiful by creating architectural wonders!

Civil engineers make the world more livable by building roads, bridges, tunnels, parks, airports, homes, stadiums, hospitals, and pretty much everything else one can think of! They strive towards building a better community.  

3. Civil Engineers Can Choose to Be Entrepreneurs

If you prefer working independently rather than working for someone else, then with a few years’ experience, you can be your own boss. How cool is that!

Being a civil engineer means you don’t have to worry about the fluctuating private job market. You can work for the government by partnering with civic agencies.

4. Civil Engineers Don’t Just Build Buildings, They Build a Great Network Too

From the planning to the final stages, civil engineers are involved in the entire project life cycle, which helps them understand the process better than anyone else.

Also, civil engineers get to work with various industry experts across different functional areas, which offers great insights on how the industry works. This helps them expand their network big time, which can help them if they decide to go solo.

5. Civil Engineering Is All About Exposure and Versatility

Whether it is building colossal structures or bettering infrastructure, civil engineers know how to convert a design into an actual functioning space. It’s not your standard job (no offence) where you sit in a cubicle 9-5 day-in and day-out doing the same work.

Transportation engineer, environmental engineer, geotechnical engineer - these are a few designations a degree in civil engineering prepares you for. From retail to business to engineering and other functional domains, civil engineers can work in different areas, which makes them rather versatile and gives them the much-needed exposure.

Career Opportunities

A degree in Civil Engineering opens up different career paths for the graduates. The most lucrative options to explore are:

Building control officer (BCO): BCO or Building Inspectors are responsible for maintaining the regulatory standards and site safety measures like the building accessibility, public health, energy conservation, and fire safety. They examine the plans, provide construction safety advice, inspect construction work, and issue approvals and completion certificates.

Structural Engineer: Structural engineers are responsible for planning the construction work and overseeing the execution. They make drawings and designs, make calculations for loads and stresses, liaison with other professionals, obtain regulatory approvals, select the right construction materials, inspect work of contractors, and manage projects.

Consultants: Consulting engineers are experienced individuals who make expert assessments on a construction site to determine if it is feasible to undertake the planned projects. Consultants usually are hired to work on huge public infrastructure projects and advise the structural engineers. They design and make the drawings, make cost estimations, plan and schedule work, and monitor the construction activities.  

Diverse career choices in multiple industries

As a civil engineer, you get to choose which industry best suits your interests and depending on the vacancies, you can get hired to design and build your dream project.

You could choose to join the separate departments that specialize in construction and maintenance of any of the below projects:

Airports, Bridges, Buildings, Energy & power plants, Highways, Offshore oil infrastructures, Railways, Tunnelling, Environment, or Water treatment plants & public health.  

Above all, civil engineering is one of those streams that result in work that is tangible and is out there for the world to see!

Ethan Miller is a private ESL tutor and apart from his passion for teaching, he loves to write and holds a degree in creative writing. When he is not teaching or writing his book, Ethan loves to blog and is a huge fan of educational technology. Follow Ethan’s blog.