What is it like being a civil engineer?

Would you make a good civil engineer? Take our career test and find your top matches from over 800 careers.

Take the free career test Learn more about the career test

Civil engineering is a very demanding yet fulfilling career, as the engineer is able to work on a project from its inception right to its completion. When you drive over a bridge, see a building, fly out of an airport, or visit a museum, a civil engineer has had a major part in that project.

Civil engineers have many duties; they interact with clients, customers, inspectors, suppliers, vendors, architects, and design teams. They submit and revise drawings many times over until they are approved. They also spend time tendering, looking at reports, doing cost estimates, analyzing designs and infrastructures, testing, commissioning, and spend time on construction sites to see what progress is being made on projects.

Construction sites need to be visited and monitored frequently, in all kinds of weather conditions, to make sure work is going smoothly and disputes are resolved in a timely manner in order to meet specific deadlines.

Related Careers

Detective

Detective

Your Match?
Avg Wage
$86k
Growth
+4.5%
Satisfaction
3.7 / 5

Are you a predominantly investigative individual, with an inquisitive and curious mind?