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Civil Engineering

Careers in civil engineering

Civil engineers work in areas such as water resources, structural, soil and foundation, transport, town planning or construction.

You may be involved in the planning, design, construction and management of our roads, harbours, airports and railways; water and sewerage systems; and public and commercial buildings and facilities.

You will usually work in a multidisciplinary team to produce designs and documentation used for construction, undertake project planning and supervise construction and testing of completed structures. You may be involved in preparing reports and ensuring designs and construction work comply with standards and laws.

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Skills and attributes

Key skills that civil engineering graduates demonstrate include:

  • Technical and engineering skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving and analytical proficiency
  • Investigation and research techniques
  • Teamwork skills
  • Project management skills

Related occupations include:

  • Building site supervisor
  • Structural engineering associate
  • Civil engineering technologist
  • Construction project manager
  • Agricultural engineer
  • Aeronautical engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Food mechanics engineer
  • Ship maintenance engineer
  • Consulting engineer
  • Business manager
  • Asset manager
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Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about salaries and job outcomes for civil engineering graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.

You can look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

Professional associations are an invaluable connection to industry information, networking and professional development opportunities. Most offer student membership discounts. Follow the link to search for professional associations related to your course.

Book an appointment with Jobshop for more information.

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