A graduate civil engineer may be immediately prepared to enter the construction sector, but should realise the degree may be applicable in other sectors like business, management, and financial.

The jobs that may be directly related to the university degree are that of building control surveyor, consulting civil engineer, contracting civil engineer, site engineer, structural engineer, and water engineer. While a degree is important to have when seeking graduate civil engineering jobs, many employers feel that experience is very important as well.

Some courses may include an industrial placement to gain experience, but if this is not the case it is imperative to seek out relevant placements and work experience during the summer or any available time. The role can be in any kind of civil engineering or construction setting; it just needs to be a role that will build the understanding of the candidate of issues relating to project planning and execution. This is also the best way to form relationships in the industry, developing contacts and a network.

Structured work experience opportunities are offered by many employers, but even casual, hands-on work and administrative jobs may be available and helpful. It's important also to be aware of the salary progression for engineering jobs which graduates can likely expect as they rise through the ranks.

Graduate civil engineering jobs can be found in multiple sectors.

Employers needing graduate civil engineers are often from the construction sector, but may be from other sectors as well. The work involved is generally on communications and transport infrastructure and buildings of all kinds. The projects may include roads, tunnels, bridges, canals, or any number of other large structures. Other civil engineering jobs are with employers involved in energy production, storage, and distribution (electricity, gas, and water).

A wide range of consultancies and contractors also employ civil engineers, as do a variety of national and multi-national organisations. There are roles in the UK public sector with government departments, environmental organisations; local authorities for which graduate civil engineers will be involved with setting project specifications and even drafting tender documents.

Prospective candidates for these roles need to draft a CV that will demonstrate the necessary skills for the job. Employers are in need of candidates with the technical and subject-specific knowledge and understanding that a civil engineer graduate possesses. Making use of the best resources and techniques available, civil engineers can efficiently design, create, and build structures with a sound grasp of science, mathematics, and technology. 

"Employers are in need of candidates with the technical and subject-specific knowledge and understanding that a civil engineer graduate possesses".

All of these skills are gained while studying for the degree, participating in construction based projects that are realistic, and working successfully with others.  The practical experience that is gained applying engineering judgment is sought after by many employers.  A well drafted CV will include skills like critical thinking, the ability to interpret data, creative problem solving, numeracy, analytical and decision-making abilities, IT and communication skills, as well as an awareness of issues relating to ethics.

Study generally does not end once a new graduate is joined with a civil engineering company in professional training. Typically, the new graduate will continue to study part time in addition to working. They endeavour to achieve professional standards to become either incorporated (IEng) engineers, or chartered (CEng) engineers. 

Engineering council.

The Engineering Council is the entity that outlines the routes to professional status. Postgraduate level courses permit the development of specialist knowledge by students in a particular area. These areas could be in earthquake engineering, maritime civil engineering, water management, environmental engineering, or in a wide range of other specific or general options.


The range of salary for a Graduate Civil Engineer is from £18,057 to £27,299 with the average being about £23,262 per year for less than ten years of experience. The average pay for a Civil Engineer is £28,270 per year. There are certain skills that increase pay for this type of job like Visual Basic (VB) and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Experience does have a moderate effect on the salary for this role, with most people having twenty years or more experience. Once the level of a Project Manager is reached the earnings average a salary of £40,771 per year.

In the UK the number of working civil engineers six months out from graduation is in excess of fifty percent. Only about fifteen percent of the graduate workers continue study or combine work with additional study. A career in the construction sector means that candidates will be eligible to work just about anywhere. All over the world builders are needed to construct buildings. This is a field that is starving for young people in good health and who would love to become a part of something bigger than them.