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Civil engineers

Average National Salaries (2020)

Age 20

£17,680 pile of coins

Age 35

£44,200 pile of coins

Age 50

£53,560 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £52,520

What does this career do?

Civil engineers undertake research and design, direct construction and manage the operation and maintenance of civil and mining engineering structures.

Typical tasks

  • undertakes research and advises on soil mechanics, concrete technology, hydraulics, water and waste water treatment processes and other civil engineering matters
  • determines and specifies construction methods, materials, quality and safety standards and ensures that equipment operation and maintenance comply with design specifications
  • designs foundations and earthworks
  • designs structures such as roads, dams, bridges, railways, hydraulic systems, sewerage systems, industrial and other buildings and plans the layout of tunnels, wells and construction shafts
  • organises and plans projects, arranges work schedules, carries out inspection work and plans maintenance control
  • organises and establishes control systems to monitor operational efficiency and performance of materials and systems.

Current entry requirements

Civil engineers usually possess an accredited three or four-year degree in civil engineering or engineering science or an accredited Higher National Diploma or Certificate. The status of ‘incorporated engineer’ is obtained upon the completion of further training at work and associate membership of a chartered engineering institution. The status of ‘chartered engineer’ is achieved through the completion of postgraduate training and full membership of a chartered engineering institution.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2020)
Female
(2018)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Full-time

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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