Becoming a Civil Engineer

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Civil Engineering is one of the oldest branches of engineering after military engineering. This branch of engineering has access to almost every aspect of our lives. Civil Engineering deals with construction, designing and maintenance of buildings, dams, canals, roads and bridges etc. It has various other sub disciplines such as construction engineering, urban engineering, and structural engineering etc.

Becoming a Civil Engineer is more than simply having a formal academic qualification in this engineering branch. It requires self analysis on what you really want to become. Rather than just rushing into any job, take some time and think if Civil Engineering is what you would like to do for the rest of your life, and reassure yourself  the personality and temperament you have fits this type of job. 

To qualify for a license, you are required to possess post secondary education or most likely university degree besides work experience. There may be a few schools where you can study to become a civil engineer. Specializing is a good option for your future, it allows you to get more recognition in your field, and offers a better salary. 

When you are going out as a Civil Engineer Shadowing with another civil engineer is a good idea, it allows you to get more training that will be useful for you in the future, and even if you decide not to become a civil engineer, the training that you will learn will help you in things you may encounter throughout your life. When you are looking for a job there are skills that you should be aware of that employers are looking for, if you have those skills it will be easier for you to find a job because of those skills you may have.

Be careful in choosing the employer you are inquiring, if you feel that like a company would not fit you shouldn’t apply for the job because it is likely that you might change jobs within the few months. According to predictions of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a faster than average growth in industrial engineering, biomedical engineering and civil engineering including environmental engineering.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a civil engineer was paid a mean salary of $75,320 per annum in the year 2007. Civil engineers working in state governments earned $67,880 and in local government earned $84,030. Civil engineers working in engineering, architectural and other related services had earnings of $76,540 annually.

Once you land a job as a civil engineer, try to look apart in your work and efficiency. Put all efforts to upgrade your skills from time to time by participating in courses and learning programs. Be careful not to over-exert yourself while working or devoting time to learn extra skills. This is essential to attain your goal of becoming a civil engineer in letter and spirit.
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