Highway Engineer

Highway engineers who are sometimes called civil engineers design plan and help in the construction and maintenance of highways and roads. According to the website www.careerplanner.com they may also inspect plans for bridges including making cost estimates and insuring that designs meet legal and safety codes. Highway engineers play an important role in preparing reports for the state and federal government and they speak at hearings with contractors city and regional planners and civic groups in order to explain and seek approval for road and highway plans. The website www.education.com says that the best way to become a highway engineer is to earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from an accredited college or university although additional education beyond a bachelor’s degree usually makes job applicants more marketable. According to the website www.ehow.com some highway engineers have bachelor’s degrees in mathematics or science but the Bureau of Labor Statistics requires all highway engineers to obtain a civil engineering license by passing a test after they have four years of work experience. According to the website www.education.com highway engineers often work for federal state and local governments though some work for engineering firms. Some work indoors but others may need to spend time outdoors in various types of weather to supervise contractors that have been hired to do the actual work. Job prospects are good because there will be a need to plan new roads and highways and to repair older ones and many highway engineers are expected to retire in the coming years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that entry-level highway engineers earn an annual salary of approximately $52000 but the average overall salary is approximately $79000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $65500
High Salary: $79000
Low Salary: $52000
Tasks: Designs highways, bridges and roads.
Works with regional planners.
Works to relieve traffic congestion.
Analyzes traffic patterns.
Also Called: Civil Engineering Technologist
Highway Designer
Construction Engineer
Traffic Engineer
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6547673_highway-engineer-job-description.html