Civil engineers design, build, supervise, operate, and maintain construction projects and systems, including roads, buildings, airports, dams, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. Civil engineers generally work in a variety of locations and conditions. Many spend time outdoors at construction sites so that they can monitor operations or solve problems onsite. Most work full time.
Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree. They typically need a graduate degree and licensure for promotion to senior positions. Currently about 1 in 4 Civil Engineers have a master’s degree in the U.S. Civil engineers usually must be licensed in the locations where they provide services directly to the public.
Science classes, along with math, form the foundation for college civil engineering subjects such as physics, statics, dynamics and fluid mechanics. Examples of high school classes needed for engineering are, in mathematics: Algebra I; Algebra II; Geometry; Probability & Statistics; Calculus I; Calculus II. Within the field of science, recommended courses are: Physical Science; Biology; Applied Biology/Chemistry; Advanced Physics; Chemistry.
Some of the personal qualities you may develop during a career in Civil Engineering are: decision making skills; leadership skills; math skills; organizational skills; problem-solving skills; speaking skills; and writing skills. Sounds like the making of a well-rounded person!