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CAREER TYPE

CIVIL ENGINEER

The spark behind the machine. For those who like knowing how things work--and can make it happen.

 

CAREER TYPE KEY FACTS:

Salary Range Potential:
$50,000 - $100,000+ /YEAR

Education Required:
BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN ENGINEERING

Skills Needed:
APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Types of Employers:
CONSTRUCTION, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, ENERGY

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Job Overview

JOB OVERVIEW:

Civil engineers design and supervise large and complex construction projects, including roads, buildings, industrial complexes, airports, tunnels, and systems for delivery of water, wastewater and energy.

On average, civil engineers may make about $80,000 per year, but experienced engineers can make $90,000 or more.  In today's growing energy and manufacturing economy, civil and environmental engineers are in high demand. Additionally, a growing population and America's aging infrastructure will require a steady supply of civil engineers to solve complex problems.

As a job candidate, you will be required to have a bachelor’s degree in engineering.  Many companies also require engineers to obtain a professional engineering license through organizations like the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.  Civil Engineering programs are offered at 3 Mississippi 4-year universities - Mississippi State University, Jackson State University, and University of Mississippi.

Competitive candidates for engineering positions will demonstrate advanced mathematical competencies, including algebra, physics, and geometry; demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities; apply mathematics and knowledge of physical and life sciences to correctly solve unanticipated problems; employ statistics and data analysis in experimentation; be aware of safety standards and comply with professional codes and standards; think creatively to improve controls processes that meet company standards; pay close attention to details; be able to work independently and in a team setting; and remain flexible to respond to challenges and/or feedback from colleagues, customers, or others.

Salary Comparison

AVERAGE MISSISSIPPI WAGES

  • RESTAURANTS & BARS - $13,925

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  • ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATION - $20,177

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  • RETAIL TRADE - $24,956

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  • REAL ESTATE RENTAL & LEASING - $34,172

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  • TOTAL PRIVATE SECTOR - $37,282

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