Why Civil & Environmental Engineering?
Civil and Environmental Engineering is the most diverse engineering field. Depending on who you work for you may work on: airports, bridges, buildings, canals, dams, environmental cleanup, excavations, harbors, highways, industrial facilities, landfills, Navy Seabees construction or demolition, piers, pipelines, reservoirs, roads, site planning, tunnels, water and wastewater treatment plants. (See a list of classes.)
Usually CEs get to work on many of these things. This is because Civil Engineers and the firms they work for are very diverse. They go from one project to the next, reforming their employees into new teams for new projects.
Do Civil and Environmental Engineers earn as much as other engineers, astronauts and MDs?
No. CEs earn a little less than other engineers. However, CEs still earn very good pay. In 2010, Forbes Magazine reported that mid-career pay is $98,700/yr, with demand for CEs expected go up 24% over ten years.
Having good pay is important for happiness, and CEs earn a lot. Most people want money because it helps them become happy. CE's slightly smaller pay is more than made up for by the many other benefits of the job which make CEs happier.
Most Engineers become wealthy no matter what type of engineer they are. Would you rather be a happy engineer, or an unhappy engineer with slight higher pay?
Who do CE's work with?
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