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Opportunities for Civil Engineers

What are the Opportunities for Civil Engineers?

Answer :

Opportunities for civil engineers exist in the public as well as private sectors in large numbers in all branches of design, construction and maintenance, infrastructure development in both India and abroad. Right now constructions industry is booming as there is growth in infrastructure requirement throughout the country. This is going to stay for next few decades. Scope of civil engineers lies with many developing countries in Middle East, Africa, Asia where infrastructure development is picking up and Indian engineers are in great demand.

Civil Engineers can find job in Government departments, private and public sector industries, research and teaching institutions etc. Job opportunities for civil engineers are expected to increase as fast as the average for all jobs, although the construction industry is vulnerable to fluctuations in the economy.

Civil Engineers will always be needed to maintain and repair existing facilities and structures and to construct new ones. After doing B.Tech, one can look for jobs in road projects, building work, consultancy firms, quality testing laboratories or housing societies. The experts say there is a high demand for experienced civil engineers in developed countries also. Civil engineers are employed in all the major construction projects carried out by the state or central government, the railways, private construction companies, military, engineering services, consultancy services etc. Civil engineering graduates can also go in for research and take up teaching or they can open their own independent consultancy services.

Nature:

A Civil Engineer is responsible for planning and designing a project, constructing the project to the required scale, and maintenance of the product. A civil engineer requires not only a high standard of engineering knowledge but also supervisory and administrative skills. The planning part of their work involves site investigation, feasibility studies, creating solutions to complications that may occur and the actual designing of structures. They have to work with the guidelines of the local government authority and get plans approved by the relevant authority. They may prepare cost estimates and set construction schedules. Construction work involves dealing with clients, architects, government officials, contactors and the supervision of work according to standards. Their work also involves the maintenance and repair of the project.

The major specializations within civil engineering are structural, water resources, environmental, construction, transportation, geo-technical engineering etc. On most projects, civil engineers work in teams or in coordination with many other engineers. They can find work as a supervisor of a construction site or a managerial position or in design, research as well as teaching in government services or private concerns. They can also work as independent consultants.

Job Prospects:

Civil Engineers can find job in Government departments, private and public sector industries, research and teaching institutions etc. Job opportunities for civil engineers are expected to increase as fast as the average for all jobs, although the construction industry is vulnerable to fluctuations in the economy.

Civil engineers will always be needed to maintain and repair existing facilities and structures and to construct new ones. After doing B.Tech, one can look for jobs in road projects, building work, consultancy firms, quality testing laboratories or housing societies. The experts say there is a high demand for experienced civil engineers in developed countries.

Civil engineers are employed in all the major construction projects carried out by the state or central government, the railways, private construction companies, military, engineering services, consultancy services etc.

Remuneration:

Salaries in Government Organizations:

A fresher in this field can join as assistant engineers or junior engineer or trainee in the public sector firms, while an experienced can get the designations like senior engineer, executive engineer, etc. The salary for these graduates is also good in public sectors. In India, civil engineers at the entry level can expect a salary from Rs.8,000 to Rs.12,000 per month. However it will increase depending on their experience and skills. Their salaries range from Rs.20,000 to Rs.25,000.

Salaries in Private Institutions:

There are numerous job opportunities for these graduates in private sectors also. The pay packages for these graduates are high compared to the public firms. At entry level, the private companies give salary up to Rs.30, 000/- per month for them. Naturally an experienced one can expect more which will range from Rs.50, 000/- to Rs.60, 000/- per month.

Colleges and Institutes:

Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala

Moulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal

College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai

PIET’s College of Engineering, Pune

University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore

Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi

Motilal Nehru NIT, Allahabad

Dr. BR Ambedkar NIT, Jalandhar

Guru Nanak Dev College, Ludhiana

Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi

Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal

BMS College of Engineering

Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh

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