What can I do with my degree?:Civil engineering: Jobs
A civil engineering degree prepares you for work in the construction industry as well as in the
broader business, management and financial sectors
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Building control surveyor
Consulting civil engineer
Contracting civil engineer
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Building services engineer
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don’t
restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Employers place great importance on experience. If your course does not include an industrial
placement, look for relevant summer work experience and placements. Any kind of role in a
construction or civil engineering setting will allow you to build your understanding of issues related to
the planning and execution of projects. Use this experience to expand your knowledge and to develop
contacts and network.
Casual, hands-on construction work and administrative jobs may be available, but many employers
offer structured work experience opportunities.
Civil and structural engineers work in a range of sectors, particularly the construction sector, on
buildings of all kinds, transport and communications infrastructure. This includes bridges, roads,
tunnels, canals and other large structures. They also work for employers involved in the production,
storage and distribution of electricity, gas and water.
Civil engineers are employed by a wide range of contractors and consultancies and also work in-
house for a variety of national and multinational organisations. There are many opportunities in the
public sector, with local authorities, government departments and environmental organisations, where
engineers are often involved in setting project specifications and drafting tender documents.
Opportunities are available with employers both in the UK and overseas.
Civil engineers are in demand for their technical and subject-specific knowledge and understanding.
With a sound grasp of science, mathematics and technology, you can design, create and build
structures efficiently, making best use of available resources and techniques. Through realistic
construction-based group projects, you gain practical experience of applying your engineering
judgement and working successfully with others.
The skills gained by studying civil engineering are also sought after by employers in many other job
areas. These include a creative approach to problem-solving, critical thinking and the ability to
interpret data, numeracy, IT and communication skills, analytical and decision-making abilities, and an
awareness of ethical issues.
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