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What can I do with my civil engineering degree?

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Civil engineering roles fall into to two main job areas: Consulting civil engineering and contracting civil engineering.

Consulting civil engineers work on the design, development and construction of projects in our environment, whether in cities or in nature.
Contracting civil engineers are more heavily involved in production, turning plans and projects into reality. They oversee the actual construction of projects on the ground, making sure everything goes successfully.

Average starting salary: TOP ^£23,500

Famous chemical engineers: George Robert Stephenson (Railway maker), Yasser Arafat (PLO leader), Jack Kilby (Nobel Prize winner).

Graduate statistics:
  • The average basic salary of a civil engineer is £48,588, according to the Institute of Civil Engineers
  • More than 62% of civil engineers are employed six months after graduating
  • Of these, 57% work in engineering


What jobs can I get with a civil engineering degree? TOP ^

Engineering graduates are in demand across all sections of the UK industry – an extra 100,000 graduates are required over the next decade to simply demand for engineering. Civil engineers are among some of the most in demand graduates, with their experience in working in design, planning and implementation all valuable.
  • Typical job roles include:
  • Consulting civil engineer
  • Contracting civil engineer
  • Building services engineer
  • Water engineer
  • Building control surveyor
What other jobs can I do? TOP ^

Civil engineers are employed by a wide range of contractors, businesses and authorities. Civil engineering graduates make great managers, but their planning and data skills allow them to work in many different industries.

As a civil engineering graduate, you could also work in the public sector, mathematics and education.

What skills do you gain from an engineering degree? TOP ^

Engineers gain a lot of skills from their degrees beyond the technical and mathematical. Civil engineering graduates are good at being logical, being able to plan and having the ability to project manage. You are likely to be able to work well in any management or production role, as well as having a talent for data analysis and problem solving.

You should also consider continuing your studies throughout your professional career with qualifications from professional bodies.

Some skills that you should have gained include the following:What industries can I work in? TOP ^

Civil engineering graduates typically go on to work in the following industries:
  • Local government
  • Construction
  • Planning and logistics
  • Infrastructure
  • Property