Published: 25 January 2022

Top jobs with a civil engineering degree

Discover what you could do with a degree in civil engineering and unearth some of the jobs Surrey civil engineering graduates have secured over the past few years.

On our BEng and MEng Civil Engineering courses you will develop a strong understanding of mathematical, analytical and practical engineering techniques, as well as the management skills you need to bring projects to life. Our civil and environmental engineering courses will not only prepare you for work in the construction industry but can also open doors in the business, management and financial sectors.

93 per cent of our graduates are in work or further education 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes report 2021). This was a key factor in Surrey being named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

"While on placement, I’ve developed a better understanding and appreciation of the work that goes into the design and maintenance of infrastructure. Being able to see how some of the calculations and engineering principles I’ve learned at university are applied in real life, and using software to do this, has been really interesting."

- Anna Toms, MEng Civil Engineering

Careers with a civil engineering degree

There are numerous jobs that will relate directly to your degree. These include:

  • Building control surveyor
  • Consulting civil engineer
  • Contracting civil engineer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Water engineer.

As our graduates are highly numerate, literate, computer literate, organised, confident, business-minded and commercially aware, they are also very attractive recruits for companies operating in many other professions, including management, banking, accountancy, software development and so on. Potentially unexpected careers include:

  • Building services engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Construction manager
  • Engineering geologist
  • Patent attorney
  • Quantity surveyor.

Civil engineering graduate jobs

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Atkins, Structural Engineer
  • Balfour Beatty, Highways and Transport Engineer
  • Costain, Site Engineer
  • Hewson Consulting, Bridge Design Engineer
  • Mott MacDonald, Engineer
  • Skanska, Design Engineer
  • WSP Developments, Design Engineer
  • Amey, Graduate Engineer.

"My Professional Training placement was spent with Balfour Beatty’s Ground Engineering department, in the large diameter piling division... My proudest achievement on placement was probably working on some of London’s biggest, most iconic buildings."

- Dylan Wakerley, MEng Civil Engineering

Discover more about our civil engineering degrees, our award-winning Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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