Why major in civil or environmental engineering?
Civil and environmental engineers build solutions to some of our world's most urgent infrastructure problems. If you want to apply your scientific and mathematical expertise to important problems like clean drinking water, safe and sustainable buildings, and modern infrastructure, civil and environmental engineering is the career for you.
Careers in civil and environmental engineering
Civil engineering salary and job outlook*
- Starting salary: $54,300
- Mid-career salary: $91,100
Aging infrastructure and a need to design technologically advanced and resilient buildings, bridges and roadways should contribute to job growth for civil engineers, the U.S. Department of Labor projects.
Civil engineering faculty in our department have expertise in structural engineering for extreme events, such as earthquakes; designing smart traffic systems using the latest computing technology; and developing and testing advanced pavement mixtures to improve roadway performance.
Environmental engineering salary and job outlook*
- Starting salary: $49,400
- Mid-career salary: $89,800
As water availability and water efficiency become increasingly important concerns, environmental engineering jobs are expected to grow, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Environmental engineering faculty in our department specialize in issues relating to water quality and water supply.
*Salary data from PayScale's 2013-2014 College Salary Report.
Preparing to study engineering
Succeeding in engineering requires a strong background in math. We recommend that all incoming freshmen are prepared to take Calculus 1 as freshmen.
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