Civil Engineer

Career Overview

Civil engineers plan, design, develop and manage projects for the construction or repair of buildings, earth structures, powerhouses, roads, airports, railways, rapid transit facilities, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams, ports and coastal installations and systems related to highway and transportation services, water distribution and sanitation. Use the search box to find videos made by Catherine, Richard, and Roger!


A four-year bachelor’s degree in civil engineering is required to do this work. Some organizations may require a master's degree, which would likely take an additional two-three years to earn. The more education you have, the more marketable you are!

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$50,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr
$125,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
  • Science - as much as possible, including physics!
Work Environment

Civil engineers typically work for engineering and construction firms and the government. Some engineers may spend some time outside monitoring their projects.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Opportunities are best for applicants who have master's degrees.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada