How to Start a Career in Civil Engineering?

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✔ Forging your own path in the world is the central tenet of the American Dream – something which is instilled in us at a very young age, which forms a key part of the national identity and on which we pride ourselves. The choices inherent to this Dream, though, are not necessarily easy. Finding the right career to give you both financial stability and personal fulfillment is something of the holy grail, even in today’s relatively bountiful times.

✔ Of the many roles and career paths you can follow that bring pride, knowledge, and integrity, there is one of particular importance to the American Dream itself: civil engineering. But what exactly does civil engineering entail? How – and why – might you set yourself on this path?



What Civil Engineering Entails?

✔ Civil engineers are responsible for the development, construction, and maintenance of our national infrastructure. This is an extremely broad remit, with many potential areas in which to advance or specialize. Public schools, roads and transport networks, airports, sewage systems, electrical and water utilities, traffic management, hospitals, prisons, and yet more besides – all contribute to the ticking-over of modern society; hence all fall within the umbrella of civil engineering.

✔ Civil engineering work is well-recompensed on account of its institutional importance. It is also an industry in dire need of applicants, as the scope of new infrastructural projects and requirements outstrips the number of people training up for key engineering roles. This, then, is a golden opportunity for placing oneself on a lucrative and engaging career path. What does that path look like, though?



Training and Qualifications

✔ Naturally, there are different pathways to civil engineering posts, each of which have different academic or vocational journeys attached to them. Depending on the specifics of your ideal path, there are early exploratory entry points into figuring out if this is the kind of career you would enjoy. If electrical engineering speaks to you, it is possible to gain some fundamental understanding of electricity through commonly-available parts from RS Americas and a handbook on practical electronics. 

✔ Most civil engineering positions relate to construction and infrastructural maintenance thereof, though. Architectural qualifications are useful for those considering construction positions in any capacity, enabling upward mobility in the construction and maintenance of buildings and bridges. There are civil engineering degrees, too, which enable a more holistic understanding of infrastructural design and entry to most sub-disciplines within the field.



Career Development

✔ Given the constant national need for infrastructural expansion and maintenance of existing utilities, there is always work within civil engineering teams. There is also always room in which to grow, where executive and managerial roles allow you to take charge of projects wholesale.

✔ Ultimately, civil engineering can be a dream industry in which to work, providing constant challenges and training while enabling you to become an expert in essential skills and knowledge.


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