The PathMatch Guide to

Civil Engineering

A Day in the Life

Civil Engineering is the study of how the built environment works. Civil Engineers not only focus on the creation of new structures but also the maintenance and reinforcement of the existing built environment. This involves studying all of the things that keep our world running, from railways to sewer systems. There are four main specializations of Civil Engineering: Environmental, Structural, Municipal, and Geotechnical.

Work Responsibilities

Skills You'll Need

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD
  • Advanced understanding of surveying and geographic information systems 
  • Exceptional team management skills
  • Ability to think critically and solve complex problems

Industries You'll Work In

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The Network You'd Build

Here are a few real-word examples of jobs and people working in this industry right now.

Example Job Descriptions

Real World Professionals

Growth Path

  1. Civil Engineer
  2. Senior Civil Engineer
  3. Civil Engineering Manager
  4. Director of Civil Engineering
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Demand for Talent

  • The amount of job opportunities for civil engineers is expected to grow by 8% over the next ten years 
  • The demand for civil engineers is closely tied to government spending, with most of the major players in the industry getting the majority of their work through contracts

Compensation

$50K-$89K
Civil Engineer
$70K-$150K
Senior Civil Engineer
$80K-$170K
Civil Engineering Manager
$170K+
Director of Civil Engineering

Teams You'll Work With

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Work/Life Balance Score

Work/life balance is when someone equally prioritizes their career and their personal life. This balance can vary greatly from one career to the next.

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Job Stability Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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Prestige Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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