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  • 2.9
  • Civil Engineering
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Overview

Bachelor's degree programs in civil, geotechnical, geological and environmental engineering typically last four years. It might be good to consider an advanced degree; some employers may prefer candidates who hold a master's degree in civil or geotechnical engineering. Master's degree programs generally last one to two years and include courses in earth pressure, foundations structure and soil behaviour.

All states require engineers to be licensed, and requirements vary by state. Licensure typically includes completing an accredited engineering program, showing four years of documented work experience and passing a state examination. Graduates may consider taking the first part of the state-licensing exam on the fundamentals of engineering. Those who pass the exam are referred to as engineers-in-training (EITs).

EITs with four years of documented work experience are qualified to take the second licensing exam, the Principles and Practice of Engineering. Those who successfully complete the exam become Professional Engineers (PEs). Some states may require continuing education for PEs, such as completing college-level coursework, attending educational seminars or publishing research papers.

What are Geotechnical Engineers like?

Investigative

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Geotechnical Engineers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 35 CareerExplorer users

Are Geotechnical Engineers happy?

11thpercentile

Geotechnical Engineers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 11th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Geotechnical Engineer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Geotechnical Engineers

The most common degree held by Geotechnical Engineers is Civil Engineering. 46% of Geotechnical Engineers had a degree in Civil Engineering before becoming Geotechnical Engineers. That is over 93 times the average across all careers. Geology graduates are the second most common among Geotechnical Engineers, representing 23% of Geotechnical Engineers in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 65.4 times the average.

Geotechnical Engineer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Geotechnical Engineer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Geotechnical Engineers % of population Multiple
Civil Engineering 46.2% 0.5% 92.7×
Geology 23.1% 0.4% 65.4×

Geotechnical Engineer Education Levels

43% of Geotechnical Engineers have a bachelor's degree. 33% of Geotechnical Engineers have an associate's degree.

No education 2%
High school diploma 21%
Associate's degree 33%
Bachelor's degree 43%
Master's degree 1%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • 2.9
  • Civil Engineering
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