Become a Civil Engineer

What is a civil engineer? A civil engineer is someone who will design, supervise, and be in charge of the construction and maintenance of building structures and other facilities such as airports, bridges, pipelines, sewage systems and many others. Generally civil engineers work in an office setting however they can and do spend time onsite at construction sites to manage and monitor the construction taking place. Many work full time according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics this is an occupation that will continue to grow as the years go one. On average a civil engineer can earn a yearly median pay of $79,340.
What do you need to become a civil engineer? A civil engineer will need to earn a bachelor’s degree in either civil engineering or civil engineering. Now, here is the issue. Let’s say you are currently majoring in physics but have found you really wish to pursue a career as a civil engineer. While there should be no issue majoring in physics, you will still need to take some civil engineering courses. You may need to spend some more time in college to complete some elective courses in engineering or you do have the option of pursuing a graduate degree in engineering after you complete your bachelor’s degree.
When applying to a graduate school, it’s ideal and suggested for you to find out what prerequisites you will need to be accepted into the graduate engineering program. This is why it is suggested you take engineering courses as your elective classes in college.
Is there anything else I need to do to become a civil engineer? Requirements toward having a career as a civil engineer will vary by state but most do require you to have a license or certification. Generally you will need to complete and pass an accredited program in engineering and must pass the exam at the end of the course.
While it may not be the standard way to become a civil engineer, earning your bachelor’s degree in physics can give you more opportunities later in the future if you wish to pursue a different occupation in the engineering field. However if you wish to continue down the path of having a physics degree but a career in civil engineering, you will need to make sure you do all that is required to head towards the right path.
Sources:
1. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/17-2051.00
2. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/civil-engineers.htm
3. http://www.careerqa.com/questions/can-physics-majors-become-engineers/

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