Career Details

Structural Engineer


Career Overview

Structural engineering is a branch of civil engineering that focuses on the planning, designing, and management of the construction of structures such as buildings, bridges, dams, and power plants.


A four-year bachelor’s degree in structural or civil engineering is required. A higher degree (master's degree), which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable and may be necessary to obtain positions in some organizations.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$54,000 /yr
$84,000 /yr
$135,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
  • Science - as much as possible, including physics!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Structural engineers are generally employed by construction firms, consulting companies, and the government. These engineers work in a variety of locations and conditions, and may need to spend time outdoors on the construction sites that they monitor.