Civil Engineers design and construct infrastructure such as airports, buildings, bridges, dams, roads, and sanitation systems. They can be found in rural and urban areas working for large and small companies, as well as local, state, and federal governments. Civil Engineering includes specialty areas in

  • Construction Engineering | Construction engineers plan, oversee, and manager the construction efforts associated with building new or rehabilitating existing buildings, bridges, roads, and other facilities.
  • Environmental Engineering | Environmental engineers apply scientific and engineering principles to assess, manage, and design sustainable environmental systems for the protection of human and ecological health.
  • Geotechnical Engineering | Geotechnical engineers design and analyze engineering systems that are made from or supported by earth materials. These include foundations, excavations, slopes, dams, landfills and more.
  • Pavements and Materials Engineering | Pavements and materials engineers design, build, and maintain pavement infrastructure for highways, airports, parking lots and port facilities.
  • Site Engineering and Land Development | This specialization addresses site planning and land development for a variety of settings: commercial, industrial, municipal, recreational, and residential.
  • Structural Engineering | Structural engineers design new structures - such as buildings, bridges, and stadiums - to withstand loads and natural hazards, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
  • Transportation Engineering | Transportation engineers forecast, design, analyze and manage transportation systems to support the safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly movement of people and materials.
  • Water Resources Engineering | Water resources engineers design, evaluate, maintain, and operate the water systems in natural and built environments.

Auburn Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Explore characteristics of Civil Engineering careers



  • Airfield Civil Engineer
  • Assistant County Engineer
  • Assistant Field Manager
  • Assistant Preconstruction Manager
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Associate Roadway Engineer
  • Civil Analyst
  • Civil Site Designer
  • Construction Materials Technician
  • Design Engineer
  • Environmental Engineering Specialist
  • Estimator
  • Evaluation Specialist
  • Field Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Highway Engineer
  • Network Underground Engineer
  • Pilot
  • Project Analyst
  • Project Engineer
  • Roadway Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Technical Designer
  • Transmission Line Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Utility Engineer
  • Wastewater Designer

Sample job titles based on graduate responses to the Auburn University First Destination Survey in recent years (2020 - 2022).

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Salary Information

Industry Firms and Organizations

Salary Range
Minimum | $50,000
Maximum | $99,000

Governmental Organizations

Salary Range
Minimum | $48,978
Maximum | $70,000

These salary ranges and average starting salaries represent 2020-2021 Civil and Environmental Engineering graduates based on responses to the Auburn University First Destination Survey.

 The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2022 National Civil Engineering Salary Report shows

  • $67,000

    median entry-level salary
  • $124,000

    median pre-tax annual salary for civil engineering professionals which is a $9,000 increase from the previous year, showing a continued trend of increasing compensation for civil engineers
Professional licensure and advanced education make a significant difference for earning potential.


  • Atlanta, GA
  • Auburn, AL
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Columbus, GA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Dothan, AL
  • Duluth, GA
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Montgomery, AL

Based on graduate responses to the Auburn University First Destination Survey in recent years (2020 - 2022)


American Society of Civil Engineers



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