What Can I Do With a Major In Civil Engineering?
UGA Specific Information for Civil Engineering
Engineering is about creating new solutions to existing or future problems. Engineers are problem solvers who employ science, math, analysis and synthesis to design unique and practical solutions to everyday problems. They must accomplish this often under the constraints of time, budgets, and safety and health issues. Engineers also must be concerned about the environmental, political and social impact their answers will create. The civil engineering discipline deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings. Civil engineering takes place on all levels: in the public sector from municipal through to national governments, and in the private sector from individual homeowners through to international companies.
Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Civil Engineering*
** Includes Self-Employed
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POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
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"Construction- In construction, civil engineers may work for a contractor to create the built environment, transforming engineering and architectural design drawings from paper to reality. They are involved in projects of every size and complexity from airports, bridges, and tunnels to local roads and the water and wastewater lines to our homes. The core civil engineering curriculum provides an excellent foundation for the critical thinking necessary to work in the construction sector. Additional classes in project management, safety, scheduling, estimating, and risk management are recommended. As construction is hands on, early field experience is essential to building your career. Civil engineers in the construction sector are instrumental in building and maintaining the world we live in.
Consulting- Consulting offers a multitude of career opportunities in firms ranging in size from less than 10 people to more than 1,000. At smaller firms, civil engineers have the opportunity to work on numerous varied projects, design challenges, and management-related activities. At larger firms, they have the opportunity to focus on specific projects, design expertise, and business management, depending on the core competence of the firm. Whether at a small or large firm, civil engineers in consulting generally start with basic engineering evaluations, computations, and design, which opens the door to many career paths and flexibility to change paths if they so choose.
Education- Civil engineers in academia are involved with teaching the next generation of engineers and developing engineering curriculum that prepares students with the knowledge they need to succeed in their careers. This career path requires an advanced degree, including a doctorate in most cases. Engineering educators write grants to obtain research funding and work with graduate students to conduct research aimed at developing advancements in the field of engineering. At many academic institutions, publishing research findings and obtaining grant funding for your academic institution are key elements to success. Additionally, facilitating student learning and achieving recognition as a top performing teacher help make this a fulfilling career choice.
Government*- This career path shows many of the options available for civil engineers who have chosen a career in government, such as local, state and federal agencies. Some leave the technical engineering path as they progress and move into government management. At this level, additional leadership training and education in public administration or business management is recommended. Whether planning to stay on the technical track or not, government engineers should seek additional training in their area of technical expertise to advance within their organizations. Government engineers are often involved in developing policy and standards for the profession and general public.
Industry- In industry, civil engineers work in diverse settings including manufacturing, technology, pharmaceuticals, public facilities and utilities, and many others providing goods and services to the public. They manage large plants, oversee the design/construction of facilities, and obtain critical environmental, construction, and operating permits. Civil engineers are instrumental in new ventures requiring environmental site assessments and feasibility studies. They make significant contributions to decrease costs, increase profits, and produce smaller environmental footprints by developing more efficient processes, implementing waste minimization programs, and finding creative solutions to a wide range of issues."
*To learn more about working for the federal government, review our Federal Careers page.
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The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
|Alfred Benesch & Company||Designer||American Consulting Professionals||Structural Engineer||Burns & McDonnell||Assistant Civil Engineer||Carter Engineering||Engineer in Training||Contour Engineering||Staff Engineer||Eberly and Associates||Civil Engineer Designer||Fly and Form Structures||Engineering Associate||Georgia Water and Environmental Services||Engineer in Training||Georgia-Pacific||Environmental Associate||Gresham Smith||Bridge Engineer||Gwinnett County Government||Engineer II||Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc.||Design Engineer||IHC Construction||Project Engineer||Jacobs||Engineer I||KCI Technologies||Inspector||Kimley-Horn||Analyst, Civil Engineer||Morelock & Company Ironworks||Project Manager||New South Construction||Project Engineer||P.C. Simonton and Associates||Design Engineer||Pond & Company||Not Specified||Sargent & Lundy||Associate||SG Contracting Inc.||Junior Estimator||Thomas & Hutton||Civil Designer I||TIC||Field Engineer||W&A Engineering||Project Engineer||Whiting-Turner||Project Engineer||Wolverton||Transportation Designer|
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY UGA Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**
|University of Georgia||Civil Engineering, MS; Engineering, MS; Interior Design, MFA|