The desire to build and create is one of the primary driving forces that separates humans from other animals, and is one that has led to civilisation as we know it. It is something that manifests itself from a young age – kids of both sexes and all ages love building and making things – from those first simple towers to complex models that are often as popular with the parents as the offspring.
Family owned civil engineering firm Lagan Construction has developed generations of civil engineers over the past half a century. They say that those who choose a career in civil engineering are typically men and women who have carried that passion to create into their late teens and adult life. Here are five reasons civil engineering makes a great career choice in 2018.
- There’s never been a better time
This is an ideal time to get into the civil engineering industry. There are projects in the pipeline worth around £500 billion over the next few years, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and numerous motorway and regional rail expansion projects. There are also plans for several new power plants, included the proposed Bradwell B in Essex.
- Entry levels regardless of qualifications
Most civil engineering jobs require the candidate to have a degree, but there are other routes into the industry that do not mean years of academic study. For example, steelworkers form the backbone of any civil engineering project, and entry level roles do not require any specific experience or qualifications. Of course, even here, the right certificates will always help to land that first job, so a specialist course is always a good idea.
- Career development
Get a job in civil engineering and a whole world of opportunities is open to you. You might choose to work your way up to a supervisory or management role, or perhaps you will decide your talents lie in the technical and design side of civil engineering. The point is that once you are in, it is just a matter of gaining experience and acquiring the necessary professional qualifications to develop your career.
- Acquire new skills
Whichever area of civil engineering you ultimately settle upon, you will be certain to gain a wide range of useful skills and abilities, that can open doors in a variety of related fields, including manufacturing and construction. As well as practical talents, the soft skills in areas such as teamworking, problem solving and critical thinking will put you in good stead, regardless of the career route you ultimately pursue.
- Lucrative earning potential
Civil engineers can earn a good salary, particularly those with knowledge, skill and experience that is in high demand. The specific salary opportunities will, of course, vary depending on the exact role, but starting salaries are typically around £23,000 and even those without a degree can soon find themselves earning £30,000 or more when they have acquired around five years’ experience. Members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) earn an average basic salary of £50,000.