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Civil Engineering

BS - Civil Engineering
Civil engineers design and supervise large construction projects, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions ranging from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others work in design, construction, research and teaching.

Career Potential in Civil Engineering:

Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions ranging from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others work in design, construction, research, and teaching. They work with others on projects and may be assisted by civil engineering technicians and technologists.
The median annual wage for civil engineers was $79,340 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $51,280, and the top 10 percent earned more than $122,020. In May 2012, the median annual wages for civil engineers in the top five industries in which these engineers worked were as follows:

  • Federal government, excluding postal service $89,440
  • Local government, excluding education and hospitals $83,670
  • Architectural, engineering, and related services $79,470
  • State government, excluding education and hospitals $74,180
  • Nonresidential building construction $73,740

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition