Civil Engineer

Civil engineering is a demanding field that depends heavily on mathematics physics and the ability to engage in complex problem-solving. Civil engineers typically handle a wide range of responsibilities including the planning designing construction and maintenance of bridges tunnels roads railroads airports harbors irrigation projects power plants soil irrigation systems as well as water treatment and waste disposal systems.

The civil engineer in charge of the project must have expert knowledge about the materials methods tools and labor and the tools that will be needed. For that reason most civil engineers specialize in one of these areas. It is also important for civil engineers to be able to communicate with other professionals such as architects and construction heads as to the costs and benefits of various project solutions.

For a career in civil engineering individuals need a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from an accredited college or university with courses such as thermodynamics circuitry structural design stress analysis and fluid mechanics. Those who plan to conduct research or teach will need to earn a graduate degree but some companies help their civil engineers employees pay for tuition to take courses that will lead to an advanced degree.

Civil engineers work for the government for utility companies for engineering and architecture firms for construction and ironsteel industries and for colleges and universities.

According to the website Buzzle.com entry-level civil engineers earn an annual income of approximately $49000. However this salary is certain to increase with experience and good performance.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $49000
High Salary: $59000
Low Salary: $39000
Tasks: Plans new roads, tunnels, bridges, and more.
Knowledgeable about construction materials.
Communicates with a team of engineers and other construction professionals.
Estimates the cost of construction jobs.
Also Called: Engineer
Structural Engineer
Materials Engineer
Urban Engineer
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/287/Civil-Engineer.html
http://www.careerplanner.com/Job-Descriptions/Civil-Engineers.cfm
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/civil-engineer-job-description.html