A Career as a Civil Engineer

It is a well-known fact that the demand for skilled construction engineers (or civil engineers, to use a more contemporary term) is making a huge comeback. These days, when everyone you meet seems to be a Python programmer, project manager or freelancer, there is a rising demand for professional heating, electricity, concrete engineers who have truly mastered their vision and skills. Needless to say, the paychecks for these skilled services are increasing as well. But the most sought-after professionals in these areas, are the ones who choose to specialize in a certain segment of the civil engineering field. Incidentally, these are the masters who have the biggest earnings.

In this regard, becoming a Civil Engineer is something certainly worth looking into. They are highly specialized people, who focus solely on different systems, especially in construction or household maintenance. Aside from field skills, they are very good at problem-solving, math and surely physics. Their services are regularly required by businesses and households. Not surprisingly, on average, a Civil Engineer earns way more than an ordinary construction worker, for the same number of manhours.

But how does one go about building a career as a Civil Engineer? Here are a few tips to get started:

  • If you have zero experience in engineering, you should first consider some relevant courses, which will give you a basic skill set required for this area. Mathematics( elementary, algebra, geometry, calculus) is a must. Also do not forget about physics. Actually the best option would be considering a bachelor diploma where a civil engineering student’s syllabus would include more science & technology and Math in subjects like Basic Mechanics of solids, Strength of Material, Steel Structures, Fluid Mechanics, Limit State Design, Building Construction, Road & Highway Design, Railway, Airport Design, and Hydraulic Structures among many others.
  • Civil engineering possesses a huge scope and contains a wide spectrum of sub-disciplines. There are various fields, including structural, industrial, electrical, mechanical and many others,  within this engineering branch which you may choose to pursue your career. 
  • Engineers have to pass some related branch exams to be able to obtain licenses that allow them to work in the real field. They have to pass exams such as Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Principles and Practice in Engineering (PE), in their chosen engineering discipline.
  • Real working experience is highly valued in this area. Thus I would recommend you starting reading civil engineers blogs such as Civil Experiences. There you will find best trusted practices used all over the world in construction. 

No matter how successful you become in your career, it is very important to keep training and developing your professional skills. With the advent of new technology, the trade is ever evolving, and you need to keep up and stay ahead of the game. This will not only ensure that you get the best reviews from your clients, but the highest income as well. Best of luck in becoming a top civil engineer!