What Can You Do With a Major in Civil Engineering?

Civil engineering major careers and jobs

What can you do with a major in civil engineering? Civil engineers design and build the infrastructure of civilization — highway systems, bridges, skyscrapers, airports, water treatment and distribution systems, and even cities themselves. Civil engineers designed the Chunnel linking England and France, as well as the world's tallest building. They are also involved in the design of high-speed train systems and systems used to restore areas affected by oil or chemical spills. Marquette's major in civil engineering also includes several centers and areas of specialization: structural engineering and structural mechanics, environmental and water resources engineering, transportation engineering and planning, and construction engineering and management.

Jobs for civil engineering majors

Jobs for civil engineers are expected to grow by 24 percent through 2018, much faster than the average for other occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though some of our graduates go directly to graduate school or law school, most typically work as structural, environmental, construction, geotechnical, transportation and hydraulic engineers.

Recent employers of Marquette civil engineering majors include:

  • Boeing Co.
  • CH2M Hill
  • HNTB Corp.
  • Kiewit Engineering Co.
  • Marquette University Graduate School
  • NASA
  • U.S. Navy Public Works
  • Opus North Corp.
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Additional resources for careers in civil engineering