Engineers apply the theories and principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solutions to technical problems. Civil engineers work in the oldest branch of engineering – designing and supervising the construction of roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, bridges, and water supply and sewage systems. Major specialties within civil engineering are structural, water resources, environmental, construction, transportation and geotechnical engineering. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, ranging from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others may work in design, construction, research or teaching.
Engineers should be creative, inquisitive, analytical and detail oriented. They should be able to work as part of a team and communicate well. Civil engineers enjoy algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics and design. Do you enjoy these courses? Then civil engineering may be the career for you. Take as many of these courses as you can in high school and begin to develop your computer skills.