Nature of the Work
- Civil Engineers, specifically in transportation, design and supervise the construction of:
Roads, Buildings, Airports, Tunnels, Dams, Bridges, Water Supply and Sewage Systems
- Many Civil Engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions. Others may work in design, construction, research, and teaching.
Civil Engineers usually work near major industrial and commercial centers, often at construction sites.
In some jobs, Civil Engineers move from place to place to work on different projects.
Due to general population growth and an expanding economy, more Civil Engineers will be needed to design and construct higher capacity systems. They will also be needed to repair or replace existing public structures.
The current average salary for Civil Engineers in Baltimore is $91,691.
Nation-wide median annual earnings of civil engineers were $84,770 in 2017. The lowest 25 percent earned $66,260, and the highest 25 percent earned $109,930.
Preparing to be an Engineer
- Four year minimum College or University degree from an ABET-Accredited School
- Strong technical background (Math, Physics, Computer and Science)
- Problem solving skills
- Clear concise communication
As experienced construction workers leave their jobs, employment opportunities are increasing due to growth in highway, bridge, street construction, and maintenance.
As a laborer, driver, helper, or apprentice, no formal education is required so workers can acquire skills and experience right out of high school. As these individuals gain experience, their value increases steadily.
Individuals who attend technical or vocational school, such as drafters and craftsman, gain skills in specific areas and tend to advance in their career at a faster pace than those who elect to work after high school.
In the construction industry, job opportunities span the fields of business, accounting, sales, marketing, finance, as well as material production, distribution, testing, and construction management.
- Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university, are considered “highly specialized” which drastically increase their earning potential.
- College graduates tend to have more opportunities for career advancement and their formal education often reduces years of experience required by hiring companies.