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Kason Gjelhaug

Mr Greenwood

Career Management

April 30, 2019

Becoming a Successful Engineer

The Topic of my paper is going to be about becoming a civil engineer. When I graduate

high school and college I want to become a successful civil engineer. This job takes lots of hard

work to do and is not the easiest to do. The definition of a civil engineer is an engineer whose

training or occupation is in the design and construction especially of public works. So this

means I would help out my community and the community of others which is something i

would like to do. This is also a career that I have looked at before so I know some of the stuff

you need to have to be qualified to become a cIvil engineer.

To become a civil engineer there are many things that you need to know before you

become one. Most important features you need are you leadership skills and critical thinking

you need leadership for leading the construction projects that you are leading to show that you

know how to run the place and you need to have critical thinking for if anything is not going

right you need to know how to think of solutions to fix it and make it better. The nature and

responsibilities of civil engineering is working and supervising on construction sites to make

sure everything is going ok and to make sure stuff is built the right way and if not built the right

way then it is up to you to know how to fix it. The minimum qualification is a bachelor's degree
and many companies require that you have one so if you don't you probably won’t get the job

but some states also require that you have a license for civil engineering.

Challenges of this job is that it has so much competition for this job because of its

importance and it pays well so many people are trying to get this job. Civil engineering is one of

the fastest growing job position with a 11% growth from 2016-2026 so there will be many spots

for people to try and get and I also want to have the same opportunity to get in this job field.

On average civil engineers work a normal 40 hour week but near deadlines could work extra

hours to make sure they get the job done so that they do not get in trouble.

The average amount of money for civil engineers is somewhere in the 80,000’s and

some make more than that and others make less depending on what state or company you

work for. Some benefits with most companies is that they do give you insurance, paid time off,

ect… like what most companies will do for you

As time goes on their might be a need for more civil engineers as America is growing

and this has already be shown because they will be needed for road, airport, tunnels, bridges,

ect… so that areas do not become overpopulated or fall behind the modern infrastructure. The

career of civil engineering appeals to me because it makes good money and I get to help

communities do better with this kind of work. The difficulties might be from the work I have to

put in or college because college is difficult.

In conclusion Civil Engineering is a career I would like to have because of the money that

I can make would be really good and lead me with a good future. CIvil Engineering would also

let me help out my community and the community of others which would be a good thing to do

not just for me but for the people of the communities.


Work Cited
“Civil Engineers : Occupational Outlook Handbook:” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of

Labor Statistics, 29 Apr. 2019, www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/civil-

engineers.htm.

“17-2051 Civil Engineers.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 29 Mar. 2019,

www.bls.gov/Oes/current/oes172051.htm.

Haselden. “Qualities of a Good Civil Engineer.” Haselden Construction, 4 Jan. 2018,

www.haselden.com/qualities-good-civil-engineer/.

“Civil Engineer.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-

webster.com/dictionary/civil%20engineer.

“17-2051 Civil Engineers.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 29 Mar.

2019, www.bls.gov/Oes/current/oes172051.htm.