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Finding a civil engineering job begins by getting a degree in civil engineering. With so many options and specialties under this umbrella category, it is important to become comfortable with the nuances of the field before deciding to which specialty to dedicate your career.
One of the best ways to determine your calling within the field is to start out in temporary jobs. Not only will you weed out the aspects of the field that aren't for you, you will also be racking up civil engineering job skills.
Don't let the term “entry-level,” fool you. You will be working hard; many jobs require your ability to interpret calculations and drawings designed by development teams, contractors and consulting firms.
One of the main skills a potential employer looks for is the ability to demonstrate and record your ability to advance a project from design to execution. Be sure to highlight any instance, in previous civil engineering jobs or at school, when you did just that, being precise about your specific contributions. However, the most treasured characteristic in this field is your ability to analyze any problem, brainstorm a solution, and execute it.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|