Civil Engineers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+1.7% (little or no change)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Civil Engineers Do

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.

Other Job Titles Civil Engineers May Have

City Engineer, Civil Engineer, County Engineer, Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Railroad Design Consultant, Structural Engineer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Director of Public Works ,

Township of Middletown

I am responsible for reviewing engineering and planning applications and specifications, working with residents, businesses, and developers to ensure that all documents meet the established Township engineering standards. The Township Engineer also designs and administers all public works construction projects related to roadway, grading and drainage improvements within the Township.

Senior Project Engineer ,

The Delaware River and Bay Authority

As the senior project engineer at the Delaware Memorial Bridge, I manage the design and construction of elements on the bridge, but I also manage the assets associated with the roadways, bridges, and ferry terminals that are connected to it.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.
  • Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications.
  • Provide technical advice to industrial or managerial personnel regarding design, construction, program modifications, or structural repairs.
  • Test soils or materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt, or steel.
  • Manage and direct the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at project site.

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