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Civil Engineering Degree

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.

Course Listings Civil Engineering Degree Requirements Enrollment and Graduation Data

Civil Engineering Career Potential:

The median annual wage for civil engineers was $84,770 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $54,150, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $138,110.

In May 2017, the median annual wages for civil engineers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Federal government, excluding postal service $93,820
Local government, excluding education and hospitals 90,280
Engineering services 83,970
State government, excluding education and hospitals 82,050
Nonresidential building construction 78,130

Civil engineers typically work full time, and about 3 in 10 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2016. Engineers who direct projects may need to work extra hours in order to monitor progress on projects, to ensure that designs meet requirements, and to guarantee that deadlines are met.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Civil Engineers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/civil-engineers.htm (visited September 12, 2018).