Civil Engineer at a Glance

Projected Job Growth

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  • 2013
  • 2023

Average Salary for Civil Engineer

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Best States for Civil Engineer

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Washington 12,130 $84,930 $41
Hawaii 2,080 $78,270 $38
Alaska 1,540 $93,650 $45

Becoming a Civil Engineer

To qualify for entry level civil engineering jobs you will need to complete a bachelor's degree in this field or a closely related specialty, such as geotechnical or structural engineering. In addition, students should be sure to choose a program that is approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). This type of accreditation is required to gain licensure and work as a professional engineer (PE). A professional engineer is one who sells their services publicly.

Students enrolled in a civil engineering program will gain a strong foundation in the natural sciences and mathematics. They will also learn to develop problem-solving, decision-making, and leadership skills related to their career path. Common classes for this major include:

  • Mechanics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Structural Analysis
  • Civil Engineering Design

While entry-level positions usually only require a bachelor's degree, some students may opt to continue on to a master's program once they have gained some experience. This could put them in a better position to fill management and supervisory positions as their career advances. For those interested in teaching at the college level, a doctorate will be required.