Published: 10 January 2018

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.

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As a civil engineer, your work will underpin the infrastructure of our society.

However, our civil engineering courses will not only prepare you for work in the construction industry. They can also open doors in the business, management and financial sectors.

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.

"I am very proud that 95 per cent of our students secure a professional or managerial job six months after graduating having studied Civil Engineering at the University of Surrey." - Professor Abigail Bristow

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.

"Throughout my time at Surrey, I developed a huge range of skills I didn’t realise I had an interest in, and made some lasting friendships and connections. I’m now working at Amey in Consulting, Rail and Strategic Highways." - Mike Frazer, MEng Civil Engineering

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

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