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What Are the Best Career Options after Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering?

Exploring Pathways and Opportunities for Civil Engineering Graduates

Kay Yoon
3 min readSep 29, 2023

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Background:

I hold both a Bachelor of Applied Science (UBC BAsc) and a Master of Science (Cornell MS) degree in civil engineering, specializing in structural and construction management. With over two decades of experience in the industry, I’d like to share some insights.

Civil Engineering is a Versatile Degree:

A degree in civil engineering offers numerous opportunities, even if you don’t intend to pursue a career as a civil engineer. It’s a field that challenges you in various ways. If you choose not to enter the civil engineering industry, your analytical and quantitative skills are highly valued in consulting, finance, or any other domain.

Staying in the Civil/Construction Industry:

For those who wish to remain in the civil and construction industry, there are two primary branches to consider:

Private Sector:

In the private sector, you can further narrow down your focus based on what you are building:

  1. Public Infrastructure (examples include highways, bridges, mass transit systems, general civil works like sewer and water systems, and various types of buildings such as hospitals and schools).
  2. Private Infrastructure (including residential, commercial, and industrial projects).

You can also specialize based on your role:

  1. Design
  2. Construction

With experience, you can transition into advisory and consulting roles.

Public Sector:

  1. Within the public sector, you have the opportunity to work at different levels of governmental organizations.
  2. Working for municipalities allows you to be more hands-on and involved in decision-making regarding public infrastructure projects.
  3. You can also contribute to policy-making bodies or…

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Kay Yoon

Freelancing since 2010. BASc, MS, MBA, Cambridge Law. I write about freelancing, writing, and life in general.