Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Civil Engineering - Careers

Career Information and Further Study

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for civil engineers is projected to increase by 20% through 2022. Civil engineers can choose from a broad spectrum of opportunities in industry, governmental agencies, private consulting firms (in which civil engineers often participate as owners or partners), and construction companies as well as in research and development. Many graduates decide immediately or within a few years to pursue graduate school for advanced studies. B.S. (Civil) graduates have the skills and most prerequisites to pursue further education in law, management, or other professional fields.

The civil engineering profession is unique because of two features that set it apart from other engineering professions:
  • First, each civil engineering project is constructed as an entity (unlike mass-produced manufactured items, such as cars and computers). Each civil engineering project receives individual planning, investigation, design, and performance monitoring.
  • Second, civil engineering projects involve interplay between technical, governmental, legal, financial, and social elements. Thus, civil engineering requires strong communication skills along with broad technical training.

Alumni in Civil Engineering Have Found Employment in the Following Fields:
  • Computational engineering
  • Computer-aided design
  • Construction engineering and management
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering and foundation design
  • Highway design and construction
  • Hydraulic and water resources engineering
  • Structural engineering and design
  • Transportation engineering

Examples of companies who actively recruit UB civil engineering candidates for internships and/or full time positions are:
Bergmann Associates, LPCiminelli, Clark Patterson Lee, Cannon Design, Erdman Anthony & Associates, Inc., Kiewit Construction, NYS Dept of Transportation, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Parsons Transportation Group, Turner Construction, TYLin International Group, URS Corporation, and Watts Engineers

Degree Level Required
A growing number of employers are now requiring the MS degree for entry-level civil engineering jobs. Thus, some students continue their studies at the graduate level.

Salary Information
Average starting salary: ,000

Factors influencing salary: Educational level, experience, specialization, GPA, location, computer skills, and many other factors. The best way to ensure a good starting salary is to intern with a civil-related firm before graduation, earn a competitive GPA, and do undergraduate research with a faculty member.

Every year, about 20 to 25% of our BS (Civil) graduates go to graduate school, either in our own MS and PhD programs or graduate programs at other universities.

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Last updated: November 22 2021 21:01:55