For today’s students, zeroing in on a career is becoming an ever-earlier, ever-more important task. In fact, many students now select colleges based on specific educational and career programs, rather than waiting around until their junior or senior year to finally declare a major.
Civil engineering is a discipline that requires the brightest minds our country has to offer – and the career can be intriguing, challenging and (dare we say it?) fun. Here’s why students today should consider a career in civil engineering:
Top 8 Reasons to Pursue Civil Engineering
1. You Get to Help Build Really Cool Things
As Civil Engineer’s, we help turn ideas and concepts into reality. That can be an exhilarating process to be a part of. Here are some of the exciting things we’ve done at GCW.
2. You Can be a Civil Servant… or Just Serve Your Community
If the idea of beautifying and improving the quality of life in your community sounds intriguing, you don’t need to live the life of a public servant to lend a hand.
In fact, civil engineering as a career deals with design, construction and maintenance of our neighborhoods and communities. And while local governments most certainly hire civil engineers, there is also plenty of work in the private sector.
Regardless of whether you take on the role of a civil servant, you’ll inevitably be serving your community.
3. Opportunity Abounds – and Continues to Grow
If you’re looking to pursue a discipline in which you may actually find a (good) job upon graduation, civil engineering is a great option. That’s because the field of civil engineering is growing and is expected to continue to do so.
Think about this; civil engineers are critically needed anytime civil development occurs. From maintaining our nation’s freeways to building new housing developments, there’s always a need for civil engineers.
4. You’ll Get a Piece of Everything
Civil engineering is a discipline comprised of various sub-disciplines such as transportation, flood control and drainage, water and sewer, and structural engineering. In this way, a career in civil engineering is anything but boring.
You’ll also need to understand design, construction, architecture, maintenance and countless other subjects.
5. It Presents Worldwide Opportunity
The beauty of civil engineering is that virtually every country in the world needs it. Your experience and expertise could easily translate to other markets where development is occurring at any level.
From introducing modern techniques in developing countries to inspiring innovation in leading markets, civil engineering is universally needed.
6. You can leave your mark.
When you think of the most impressive sites and tourist attractions in the world, chances are, someone built them. Sure, the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef aren’t exactly works of engineering, but consider iconic sites like the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Taj Mahal… the amazing thing is, someone (okay, probably a lot of someones) built those sites – and they’ve remained world treasures for decades and even centuries. Take a look around you. From a well-planned city street to a man-made wonder of the world, engineers are vital in creating those sites that will help you leave your mark – forever!
7. You can choose your sectors.
Civil engineering is an incredibly diverse discipline. Depending on your passions and personality, there are myriad sectors within which civil engineers can find fulfillment. For example, you can work in the energy and power sectors, working oil rigs, wind farms and solar power generators. If you’re a bridge person, you could be involved in the next major, memorable bridge project – in your own hometown or in the world’s most bustling metropolis. If you’re all about foundations, the geotechnical sector will allow you to focus on the foundation of structures and buildings. And if the environment is a passion, environmental civil engineers help identify issues that could put public health at risk, like pollution and soil quality.
8. You can touch people’s lives.
A big part of being a civil engineer is ensuring that you’re keeping people safe. Whether this is through building safe bridges and buildings, or reassessing city structures and resources after a natural disaster, the work you do truly touches others’ lives. Repairing dangerous structures or determining best building practices to keep people safe, your work makes a difference for everyone.
Join Our Civil Engineering Team!
GCW, Inc. would love to have you work with us! Please send your information and resume to us and we’ll be in contact with you!