When you were younger, did you always enjoy building with blocks? Maybe operating the dump trucks in the sandbox were more your style? Well, if those activities are still what you wish you could be doing as you get older, you may want to learn more about becoming a civil engineer.
Civil engineers are professionals who design, manage, build, and maintain large construction projects. New mall going up in town? Civil engineers are likely the people who are overseeing everything from the construction of the parking lots to the layout of the roads that get people in and out of the area. A bridge being repaired on a local highway? Civil engineers are likely involved there, too. Whenever you see large construction projects and heavy equipment, you can bet there is probably a civil engineer on site.
Civil engineers have at least an undergraduate degree, and many have graduate degrees in their field. With the responsibility they have for large projects and the diversity of their jobs, it's important that all civil engineers are highly trained in their profession. Degrees in civil engineering are available at both state schools and private colleges, so there are many opportunities for schooling in your local area and around the country.
If you have always like building things and being outdoors, civil engineering may be the right profession for you. Check out the video below form the American Society of Civil Engineers to see some civil engineers in action.
To learn more about civil engineering, visit one of these resources to learn more or to speak to people who are in the profession:
* American Society of Civil Engineers
* UMass Dartmouth's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
* Northeastern University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
* Society of Women Engineers
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