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 2022 Career Outcomes for Civil Engineering*

** Includes Self-Employed


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Possible Career Paths in Civil Engineering

  • Civil Engineer: Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems. 

  • Environmental Engineer: Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology. 

  • Field Engineer: Inspect and install equipment and new technologies, direct crews or workers on site, conduct research, and report on project status. Field engineers will make sure that everything works smoothly and engineering designs are being followed. 

  • Geotechnical Engineer: Investigate and evaluate soil, rock, groundwater, and man-made materials and their interaction with earth retention systems, structure foundations, and other civil engineering works. 

  • Municipal Engineer: Management of public structures and services that are provided by a local government, which can include the construction and administration of public roads, sewers, waste management facilities, and parks. 

  • Structural Engineer: Ensure structures can withstand the stresses and pressures imposed by use and the environment. Calculate stability, strength, and rigidity and make sure the right materials are used for each project. 

  • Transportation Engineer: Develop plans for surface transportation projects, according to established engineering standards and state or federal construction policy. Prepare designs, specifications, or estimates for transportation facilities. Plan modifications of existing streets, highways, or freeways to improve traffic flow. 

  • Wastewater Engineer: Design or oversee projects involving provision of potable water, disposal of wastewater and sewage, or prevention of flood-related damage. Prepare environmental documentation for water resources, regulatory program compliance, data management and analysis, and field work. Perform hydraulic modeling and pipeline design. 

  • Project Engineer: Plan, organize, and oversee the construction of civil engineering projects. Direct the construction of roads, bridges, dams, pipelines, airports and other structures, and gas, water, and sewer systems. 

  • Design Engineer: Focus on the science of how things are made, are involved with the planning, designing, and improvement of concepts, and oversee the projects from their concepts to their completion. "Design engineer" encompasses a broad range of roles, including those at hydroelectric power plants, vacuums, wind turbines, etc. Work with clients to create projects and comply with regulations. 

Additional Job Titles: civil design engineer, project designer, project manager, staff engineer, civil analyst, project analyst, distribution engineer, network engineer, highway engineer, site/land development engineer, bridge engineer, engineer-in-training, roadway engineer

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  • Handshake - Login with your UGA myID and password to view thousands of jobs/internships from employers looking for UGA students
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  • Interstride - Job/internship openings in countries abroad as well as country career guides providing information about finding employment in other countries
  • Specialized - Check out Idealist for jobs in the Nonprofit sector and USAJobs for opportunities in the federal government

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2022 Civil Engineering majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2022 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
AECOM Roadway Designer
Ajax Building Company Project Engineer
Alfred Benesch & Company Civil Designer
Arcadis North America Transportation Engineer
AT&T Network Engineer
Bohler Engineering Staff Engineer
Bowman Consulting Engineer I
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC Assistant Project Manager
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC Assistant Field Manager
Burns & McDonnell Structural Engineer
Burns & McDonnell Assistant Structural Engineer
Burns & McDonnell Assistant Civil Engineer
Carroll Daniel Construction Project Engineer
Carter Engineering Consultants Design Engineer
Dovetail Civil Design Design Engineer
DPR Construction Project Engineer
EY Civil Engineer
Georgia Department of Transportation Project Manager
Holder Construction Company Office Engineer
Holder Construction Company Office Engineer
Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering Structural Designer
Jacobs Solutions Highway Engineer
Juneau Construction Company VDC Coordinator
KCI Technologies Engineer in Training
Kimley-Horn Civil Analyst
Kimley-Horn Civil Analyst
Onsite Civil Group LLC Civil Engineer
Pond & Company Structural Engineer
Pond & Company Aviation Civil Engineer I
Pond & Company Civil Engineer
Red Drum Taphouse Bartender
Sam Alyateem Field Engineer
Thomas & Hutton Civil Designer I
Turner Construction Company Field Engineer
Turner Construction Company Field Engineer
Turner Construction Company Field Engineer
Winter Construction Project Engineer
* denotes no responses received.

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2022 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2022 Civil Engineering majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2022 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Johns Hopkins University Not Specified
Mercer University Atlanta Not Specified, MBA
University of Georgia Civil and Environmental Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Civil Engineering, Not Specified
Vanderbilt University Construction Management, Master's
* denotes no responses received.