Top Careers In Civil Engineering

The construction industry is nothing without the discipline of civil engineering. Though it is not the only course associated with the construction industry, civil engineering encompasses several careers that have to do with the design and construction of infrastructures. In this article, we examine some of these careers.

Civil Engineer

A civil engineer plans and creates structures that cater to public needs in a variety of areas. Civil engineers design and construct sustainable buildings, safer roads and bridges, and robust structures that provide utility and beauty.

Structural Engineer

Structural engineers play a key role in the development of new infrastructures. They make recommendations for the ideal material,  design and support necessary for the construction of structures.

Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers use principles of geology, hydrology, and geophysics to inspect and analyse how soil and rock behave to help construction firms and site developers.

Construction/Project Manager

Construction managers are in charge of the construction sites. They utilise their knowledge on the most basic things, like weather, costs, team and time management, to liaise with civil engineers and architects in overseeing their crew of workers.


An architect is a person who plans, designs and sometimes oversees the construction of buildings.

Design Engineer

A design engineer uses technical knowledge, mathematical expertise and design skills to create the aesthetics and functionality of construction components. A design engineer uses CAD and CAM systems to design and visualise construction projects.

Land Surveyor

A land surveyor measures and notes property boundaries and locations to determine building site specifications. They are important to architects and construction engineers.

Quantity Surveyor

A quantity surveyor manages the finances of construction projects. It is the responsibility of a quantity surveyor to calculate and cost the budget based on a client’s requirements and preferences.

Site Engineer

A site engineer performs technical, organisational and supervisory roles during construction projects. He or she shares responsibility for site security, health and safety, as well as the organisation and supervision of material and human resources on the construction site.

Water Engineer

A water engineer is involved in the repair, maintenance and building of structures that control water resources, such as sea defence walls, pumping stations, reservoirs, sewage treatment systems and so on.