Engineer the Right Career for You29 July 2014
While many dream of growing up to be a fireman, a doctor or a licensed tradesman, civil engineering is a career that’s often overlooked.
Much of the physical infrastructure of our modern society is designed by civil engineers. And, for those looking to challenge themselves and take their qualifications a step further, civil engineering is a great choice. But what does being a civil engineer actually involve other than sporting a high-vis vest and hardhat for most of your waking moments? Well, here’s a bit of an overview:
Civil engineering professionals design, plan, organise and oversee the construction of civil projects such as dams, bridges, pipelines, gas and water supply schemes, sewerage systems, roads, airports and other structures. They analyse the likely behaviour of soil and rock when it’s placed under pressure by a proposed structure and design the structural foundations accordingly. They analyse the statistical properties of all types of structures and test the behaviour and durability of materials used in their construction. They plan and develop transportation systems, and also estimate and monitor the construction costs of projects.
Qualified civil engineers have a 92% full time employment rate and an average annual salary of $100,000+, making this one of the most viable and financially rewarding career paths available.
As the global population continues to expand so too will the demand for infrastructure in both the private and public sectors. And closer to home, with the recent infrastructure spending announcements across Australia, the demand for civil engineers is set to increase, meaning employment prospects will remain strong into the future.
To become a qualified civil engineer can take between two and five years of full time study depending on the qualification level you wish to pursue. You’ll need to be able to draw, have a solid understanding of maths and physics as well as geography and a passion for projects that fulfill the needs of our communities.
Want to explore further? There are a number of accredited education providers out there, so if this sounds like an appealing extension to your current career, visit myfuture.edu.au.