Working as a Civil Engineer or Civil Technician
So you are interested in civil industry, or civil engineering. Cool. Let’s throw around a few facts. Did you know that Civil Engineers can make over $79,000 a year? That’s about $38 an hour. Not bad! There were about 270,000 civil engineering jobs in 2012 and the job outlook from 2012-2022 will rise 20%. To start in a civil engineering job you need at least a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or civil engineering technology. However, most continue to get a graduate degree. Most civil engineers also need licensing.
Oh, and here is an interesting fact. You know the slippery part of a water slide? A civil engineer designed that to be just right. It needed an engineer to design a system that pumped the right amount of water to make the slide possible. There are countless opportunities in the civil engineering field. If you are still a high school student you could talk with your guidance counselor about shadowing with a civil engineer to see if it is something that would work for you. You could also start taking math, science, design and other appropriate classes to get you ready for your college work.
But you don’t have to be an engineer. There are also jobs in civil technologies. You could become a civil technician and assist civil engineers in the field. You could get a job with the highway department collecting data or working with design. It is also a way to get into supervising highway maintenance and construction. But it’s not just the roadways that need civil technicians. Expect to see technicians at other types of transportation services like airports, railways and even waterworks. Civil technicians can expect to earn salaries ranging from $44,000 to $69,000.
But say that’s not enough and you want to go to school for Civil Engineering. What can you expect? Well a quick look at wikiHow says that it is important to assess your skills. Do you have good math, science and design skills? Really explore the topic and make sure it is a good fit. If you find that it is a good fit for you, then it is time to find a study program. This usually takes about four years.
Find a school and program that fits your interests. Some examples would be construction, computer methods, and earthquake engineering and structural mechanics. But stay open-minded, you might find a field that you prefer down the road, so plan on taking classes outside of your intended field. Get out in the field to gain experience or take “field trips”. Really dive in and find your passion. Get an internship. Internships or invaluable and will gain you vital experience, not to mention an impressive experience to put on your resume. Okay, and after that you will probably have to take some competency exams. But now worries, you can do it! And finally make sure to join a professional organization that is relevant to your career to make sure you stay up-to-date within your field.
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