Civilengineering is among the fastest growing jobs in the United States. Amedian civil
Engineergets annual wage earnings of $79,340 which translates to $ 38.14 perhour.
Accordingto the statistics in the occupational handbook, the number of civilengineers
Thathad been employed by 2012 were 272,900 which translates into a 20%more than
Averagerate of any job.(statistics)
Tobe specific, civil engineers have their work cut out to thefollowing: Design,
Construction,supervision of roads bridges among other engineering related jobslike
Constructionof houses. unlike any other profession, civil engineering isbecoming one
ofthe most desirable jobs in the modern world.
Thisessay discusses differences between information sources, the finaldecision on
Whetherto take engineering or change of mind, educational requirements of acivil
Engineerand the future of the career path.
Differencesbetween information sources
Engineeringhas attracted a large number of foreign students more than any course
Inthe United States. Statistics show that in 2012, approximately 764,494 foreign students
enrolledfor Engineering courses in the United States(Lord).This was a 5.7% increase form the
Previousyears when enrolment hit low in the engineering field. But the hourlywage in the civil
engineeringhandbook varies with journals in engineering. While the
occupationalHandbook estimated that the hourly wage a civil engineer earns is$38.14
civilEngineering technician’s journal puts the wage at $23.74 which is$15 dollars less
thanThe earlier occupational report. Having attracted up to 70% offoreign students,
Americanengineering courses ranks among the best centers of excellence in theworld(Lord).
Forone to qualify for a course in civil engineering, mathematics is abasic requirement
Asmost of engineering data will be purely mathematical. Measurementsfor instance is
Abasic requirement that all civil engineers must be conversant with. In the construction
Ofroads and bridges, calculations to the amount of material needed, thelabor and
Exactfigures are things one cannot avoid. Numbering, equation variable
Names,variables, distinction between mass and weight are some of the purely
Mathematicalcourses that a civil engineer should be prepared to face.(linderburg)
Withthis information, a student wishing to study civil engineering has tobe prepared for
Allthe above eventualities as they shape their future. For one to beeffective in
Engineering,understanding the civil computer programs is ideal as this helps
Studentsin computer based amplitude test. This applies to both local andinternational
Studentsnursing ambitions of pursuing a course in civil engineering. Unlikeother
Careersin social sciences, civil engineering pays better and attracts highlytalented
Individuals.Think of the ever emerging designs in the housing sector, one will be
convincedthat choosing engineering as a future career presents severalopportunities
inthe reconstruction industry.
Science,mathematics, chemistry and calculus courses are a must for one to bean
engineer.An ABET accredited program too is a must as this is what theemployers are
lookingfor. Alternatively, a post graduate certificate or diploma inengineering is
providedin several vocational schools giving engineering students an edgeover other
courses.But vocational schools do not give everything a student of civilengineering
requires.Instead, they update one on engineering,design, and computer software, the
threeare ideals for orienting the civil engineering student to thedynamics in the market. An
associatesdegree In civil engineering is however different as it requirescourses in liberal arts
Therea number of skills that are too a prerequisite in civil engineeringlike, critical
thinkingskills, decision making skills, problem solving skills, reading andwriting skills.
Evenso, for an engineer to practice, several bodies must accredit them toensure
Quality.National institute for certification in engineering studies is oneamong many
bodiesthat have to certify an engineer before they are allowed to practice(statistics).
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