Graduate Salary
4 years
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Civil Engineering Requirements

Civil engineering is the second-oldest engineering discipline after military engineering, and it is defined to distinguish non-military engineering from military engineering. It is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings.

The university curriculum includes classes in physics, mathematics, project management, design and specific topics in civil engineering. After taking basic courses in most sub-disciplines of civil engineering, students move on to specialize in one or more sub-disciplines at advanced levels. While an undergraduate degree (BEng/BSc) normally provides successful students with industry-accredited qualification, some academic institutions offer post-graduate degrees (MEng/MSc), which allow students to further specialize in their particular area of interest.

Civil Engineering Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Civil Engineering degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Civil Engineering degrees have experience in is Civil Engineer, followed by Construction Manager, Geotechnical Engineer, Water Engineer, Hydrologist, Cost Estimator, Engineer, Drafter, Environmental Engineer, and Sailor.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Civil Engineer 18.2% 0.3% 58.1×
Construction Manager 6.5% 0.2% 33.7×
Geotechnical Engineer 3.1% 0.0% 474.7×
Water Engineer 1.5% 0.0% 110.5×
Hydrologist 1.5% 0.0% 110.5×
Cost Estimator 1.8% 0.1% 32.2×
Engineer 2.5% 1.0% 2.5×
Drafter 1.6% 0.2% 8.5×
Environmental Engineer 1.6% 0.1% 26.4×
Sailor 0.2% 0.1% 2.5×

Civil Engineering Salary

Civil Engineering graduates earn on average $50k, putting them in the 80th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $40k
Median (average earners) $50k
75th (top earners) $60k

Civil Engineering Underemployment

Civil Engineering graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Proportion of graduates
Jobs that don't require college 25%
Part-Time 21%
Low-paying 7%

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