Job Outlook: Civil Engineering 2014-2022

If you are a recent graduate, or are considering a profession in civil engineering, your prospects for a job are excellent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

In its annual assessment of professions in the United States, the DOL's Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected employment of civil engineers to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022—faster than the average for all occupations. As infrastructure continues to age, civil engineers will be needed to manage projects to rebuild bridges, repair roads, and upgrade levees, dams and more.

The DOL Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition adds that a growing population means new water systems will be required while the aging, existing water systems must be maintained to reduce or eliminate leaks of drinkable water. In addition, more waste treatment plants will be needed to help clean the nationís waterways. Civil engineers play a key part in all of this work.

2012-2022 Projected Growth in Jobs in Engineering and Computer Science

Graph of Job outlook. Data downloaded on 09/25/2014
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Dept. of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

Along with the current portfolio of traditional civil engineering projects, there is also a need for civil engineers in renewable energy projects. Regardless of the type of project, civil engineering expertise is necessary for tasks ranging from preparing the correct permits (that comply with local, state and federal requirements), to assessing a project's viability. In the field, civil engineers conduct structural analyses, assess the ability of foundations and support structures to tolerate stresses from the environment like wind, seismic activity and erosion, among other core task. Finally, civil engineers are absolutely needed, no matter the type of project, to prepare sites as well as their surrounding roads and areas, so that, for example, if a bridge, solar array or wind turbine needed proper foundations to withstand environmental activities, or if any project required large trucks carrying heavy, road-damaging loads, a civil engineer could figure out the best ways to accomplish his or her projects without destroying the existing infrastructure.

CME's Dr. Christopher Burke, who spoke at graduation, poses with the new 2014 Graduates
Bright smiles, brighter futures: Dr. Christopher Burke, (center) president of Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. and UIC professor of practice at CME, poses with a group of new Class of 2014 CME Graduates

Whether you are a recent graduate UIC's Department of Civil and Materials Engineering program, or you are just beginning to consider a future in civil engineering, the road signs all point to a bright future in this field.

This article and information is courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics — Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projection. For the full DOL's summary and job prospects for civil engineering, please visit:
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