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The marvels of Civil Engineering surround us. If reshaping infrastructure to facilitate people sounds exciting to you, then studying Civil Engineering could be what helps you leave your mark on the world — literally! 

$88,570

$88,570: average annual salary of civil engineers

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$9 trillion: estimated worth of the civil engineering industry  

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10.6% growth expected in the job market for civil engineers

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25,000 openings projected for civil engineers every year in the US

Civil Engineering is one of the oldest disciplines in engineering. Nearly all modern large-scale infrastructure has been constructed with the aid of civil engineers. Civil engineers design and construct infrastructure using their insight to solve problems that inevitably arise during such large projects.

  

Civil Engineering combines planning and designing with hands-on project management. This blend of intense theoretical acumen paired with dexterity in fieldwork is what sets Civil Engineering apart from other disciplines. Students of Civil Engineering must have a fair understanding of mathematics and physics because core courses include topics such as soil mechanics, engineering geology, structural mechanics and mineral and statistics.

  

An education in Civil Engineering will equip you for a wide range of career paths in today’s job market. Civil engineers are in high demand at every level ranging from local councils to federal governments. Moreover, civil engineers are frequently contracted by private sector organisations at handsome salaries to develop infrastructure.

  

When you were younger did you enjoy playing with Lego sets and building blocks? Civil engineers have an innate sense of curiosity that drives them, and they enjoy putting things together to form structures. If this sounds like you, then you might be a good fit in this field.

  

To excel in civil engineering you must be able to analyse, evaluate and design structures according to client requirements. You must also be able to effectively communicate and manage since you’ll be tasked with directing construction crews and updating clients on the construction progress.

You need some form of post-secondary education to find employment in Civil Engineering. There are multiple options available when it comes to studying Civil Engineering. You can choose to pursue a diploma in Civil Engineering which is typically one year long and is typically enough for most clerk and technician level jobs.

You can also opt for an associate degree in Civil Engineering which is 2 years long. In this programme you’ll learn the fundamentals of surveying, construction materials, CADD, technical drawing and construction management. This qualifies you for supervisor level roles.

   

A bachelor’s programme in Civil Engineering is popular worldwide due to the global demand for civil engineers. A bachelor’s in Civil Engineering is typically 3 or 4 years long. It costs around $44,000 per year in the US. In the UK it costs approximately £30,000 per year. While in Australia it costs around AUD 40,000 per year.

   

After completing your bachelor’s you can progress into a master’s degree. This degree is typically 2 years in duration and will require you to complete a project to get your degree. The average annual cost of a master’s in Civil Engineering in Australia lies between AUD33,000-40,000.

  

Any infrastructure ages with time and needs to be repaired and upgraded. In addition, the population boom and increasing globalisation has spurred the growth of global construction projects. This has consequently increased the global demand for civil engineers. The expected growth in the job market for civil engineering is 10.6% between 2016 to 2026. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 25,000 openings for civil engineers are expected every year! Skilled experts in civil engineering will be, particularly, required for water and renewable-energy projects globally this decade.

Use your expertise or transferable skills to enter a range of different career paths related to Civil Engineering.

Civil Engineering Technologist

Civil engineering technologists and technicians provide technical assistance in construction projects. Their duties may include testing construction material for quality, surveying the site, purchasing construction material, preparing time and reporting problems to the supervising civil engineer.

  

Construction Manager

As a construction manager you are responsible for supervising the logistics of a construction project. You’ll be responsible for ensuring deadlines are met and supervising staff. You’ll conduct visits to the sites and communicate with clients to keep them updated on the progress. As the manager, you will also need to ensure safety protocols are being followed and the construction process meets industry standards.

  

Quantity surveyor

Quantity surveyors manage the expenses of a construction project. Quantity surveyors offer their services to forecast the cost of construction material and labour. This becomes exceedingly important in large scale projects where changes in the project design may occur. Quantity surveyors adjust budget projections accordingly saving additional expenditure. They also procure necessary resources, materials, licenses and other documentation needed to start a construction project. They measure the progress made on a project and prepare reports for relevant stakeholders.

Top Civil Engineering courses

Top Universities to study Civil Engineering

The University of Wollongong DUBAI

The University of Wollongong DUBAI

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Monash University Malaysia

Monash University Malaysia

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Monash University

Monash University

THE ranking: 57

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TAFE South Australia

TAFE South Australia

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TAFE Western Australia

TAFE Western Australia

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Macquarie University

Macquarie University

THE ranking: 192

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Federation University Australia

Federation University Australia

THE ranking: 601

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The University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales

THE ranking: 70

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University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong

THE ranking: 201

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University of Technology Sydney

University of Technology Sydney

THE ranking: 143

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The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland

THE ranking: 54

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La Trobe University

La Trobe University

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle

THE ranking: 251

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Deakin University

Deakin University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

THE ranking: 58

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Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

THE ranking: 301

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Flinders University

Flinders University

THE ranking: 251

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James Cook University

James Cook University

THE ranking: 251

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University of South Australia

University of South Australia

THE ranking: 301

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The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne

THE ranking: 33

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Victoria University

Victoria University

THE ranking: 401

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The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

THE ranking: 111

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Stott's College

Stott's College

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Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology

THE ranking: 193

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University

THE ranking: 501

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The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia

THE ranking: 132

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Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University

THE ranking: 401

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Curtin University

Curtin University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Southern Queensland

The University of Southern Queensland

THE ranking: 401

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Australian Maritime College

Australian Maritime College

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University of Tasmania (UTAS)

University of Tasmania (UTAS)

THE ranking: 301

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Griffith University

Griffith University

THE ranking: 201

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Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic

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Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University

THE ranking: 601

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Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University

THE ranking: 201

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University of the Sunshine Coast

University of the Sunshine Coast

THE ranking: 601

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UNSW Global Pty Ltd Foundation Year

UNSW Global Pty Ltd Foundation Year

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Western Sydney University - Sydney City Campus

Western Sydney University - Sydney City Campus

THE ranking: 201

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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Camosun College

Camosun College

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Durham College

Durham College

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St Lawrence College

St Lawrence College

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Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University

THE ranking: 251

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Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto Metropolitan University

THE ranking: 801

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Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology

Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Seneca College

Seneca College

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Algonquin College

Algonquin College

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Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology

Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Cambrian College

Cambrian College

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York University

York University

THE ranking: 401

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University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

THE ranking: 201

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Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology

Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology

Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Fleming College

Fleming College

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Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College

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Carleton University

Carleton University

THE ranking: 601

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Concordia University

Concordia University

THE ranking: 601

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Conestoga College

Conestoga College

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Georgian College

Georgian College

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George Brown College

George Brown College

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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Langara College

Langara College

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Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

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Lakehead University

Lakehead University

THE ranking: 801

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Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

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McMaster University

McMaster University

THE ranking: 80

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Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland

THE ranking: 601

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Niagara College

Niagara College

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Red River College

Red River College

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Queen's University

Queen's University

THE ranking: 251

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University of Calgary

University of Calgary

THE ranking: 201

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University of Guelph

University of Guelph

THE ranking: 501

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University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

THE ranking: 37

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University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba

THE ranking: 301

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University of Alberta

University of Alberta

THE ranking: 125

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University of New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick

THE ranking: 601

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University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa

THE ranking: 162

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University of Windsor

University of Windsor

THE ranking: 601

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University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan

THE ranking: 501

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University of Victoria

University of Victoria

THE ranking: 301

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Western University

Western University

THE ranking: 201

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University of Toronto

University of Toronto

THE ranking: 18

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British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

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Lambton College

Lambton College

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St. Clair College

St. Clair College

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Auckland University of Technology

Auckland University of Technology

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato

THE ranking: 401

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Wellington Institute of Technology

Wellington Institute of Technology

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Unitec New Zealand Limited

Unitec New Zealand Limited

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University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury

THE ranking: 501

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Ara Institute of Canterbury Limited

Ara Institute of Canterbury Limited

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Manukau Institute of Technology

Manukau Institute of Technology

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

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Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

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Waikato Institute of Technology

Waikato Institute of Technology

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Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic

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Southern Institute of Technology

Southern Institute of Technology

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The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland

THE ranking: 137

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Northern College

Northern College

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Okanagan College

Okanagan College

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College of New Caledonia

College of New Caledonia

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Sault College

Sault College

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SAIT Polytechnic

SAIT Polytechnic

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New Brunswick Community College

New Brunswick Community College

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Nova Scotia Community College

Nova Scotia Community College

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Toronto Film School

Toronto Film School

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Dawson College

Dawson College

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Cegep de la Gaspesie et des Iles

Cegep de la Gaspesie et des Iles

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Holland College

Holland College

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TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland

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Aviron Technical Institute

Aviron Technical Institute

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Assiniboine Community College

Assiniboine Community College

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Western Institute of Technology

Western Institute of Technology

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Engineering Institute of Technology

Engineering Institute of Technology

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Swinburne University of Technology - Sarawak Campus

Swinburne University of Technology - Sarawak Campus

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HCN CEGEP Gaspesie et des Iles

HCN CEGEP Gaspesie et des Iles

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Reach Community College

Reach Community College

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RMIT University

RMIT University

THE ranking: 301

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