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A Career in Civil Engineering See 2021 Courses & Educational Update

Filed in Education by on May 4, 2021

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A Career in Civil Engineering: Civil engineering is the best branch of engineering from the growth perspective. The demand for skilled civil engineers will never slow down worldwide as the construction and building of more structures will keep increasing and will never be stagnant.
career in Civil Engineering

India is a developing country with a huge infrastructural requirement. To ensure sustainable development in this field, the country needs qualified civil engineers. Firstly, here is an overview of what I will be discussing with you

A civil engineer is required to design and plan the development of infrastructural entities such as roads, buildings, dams, canals, etc.
Civil engineering is one of the oldest and most popular branches of engineering in India as well as abroad. Aspirants seek B.Tech in civil engineering as the course of various opportunities in the government sector as well.
If pursued from a recognized college, civil engineering can offer some of the most lucrative jobs in the technology sector. Another advantage is that civil engineers can also apply for IT jobs after learning how to operate certain civil engineering software.

What Civil Engineers Do?

Let us first understand the role of Civil Engineers – they conceive, design, build, supervise, construct, operate, and maintain infrastructure projects and systems in the public and private sectors. The infrastructure projects include roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, systems for water supply, bridges, and many more.
Many reputed technical colleges impart state-of-the-art technical education to the students pursuing – undergraduate or/and post-graduate programs.
The career scope of civil engineers is huge worldwide – according to a new research report by Global Marketing Insights, Inc, the market size of civil engineering is expected to grow up USD 11.72 trillion by 2025.
Here is the list of specialization to choose from:

Coastal and Ocean Engineering Environmental Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering Fire Protection Engineering
Construction Engineering General Engineering
Structural Engineering Irrigation Engineering
Bridge Engineering Materials Engineering
Land Development Urban Engineering
Hydraulic Engineering Water Resources Engineering
Transportation Engineering  

How Do You Get Started?

If you are planning for your career in civil engineering then you should first go for an undergraduate program and you can also pursue a post-graduation program in civil engineering. Some colleges also offer a Diploma in civil engineering.

BTech Civil Engineering

It is a four-year full-time undergraduate program divided into 8 semesters.


  • The aspirants must have passed 10+2 examination or equivalent examination with 45% to 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, Maths from a  recognized university.
  • The admission process of the BTech program is done through the entrance exams such as – JEE Main, JEE Advanced, MHCET, KCET.

The top engineering colleges for civil engineering are – IIT Bombay, MVIT – Sri M Visvesvaraya Institute Of Technology, Karunya Institute Of Technology and Sciences, AMC Engineering College, IIT Madras, and many more.


It is a two-year full-time post-graduation program.


  • The students should have passed a BTech degree with a minimum passing percentage in the aggregation of all subjects studied in the undergraduate program.
  • The admissions are done through the entrance exam such as – GATE score merit list.

Many institutes offer a two-year diploma course in civil engineering.


  • The aspirants should have passed class X or its equivalent examination with a minimum of 45% marks each in Science and Mathematics as compulsory subjects. The students must have also studied English as one of the compulsory subjects.

Skills/Qualities Required For Civil Engineering

If you are pursuing civil engineering, few basic mandatory skills are required, such as – Technical skills, critical thinking, communication skills, and project management skills. However, if you want to stand out in the crowd then, you should also possess the below-mentioned qualities.

Leadership Skills

Team Player

Attention To detail

Good Time Management skills

Problem Solving Skills

Ability to Visualise

Negotiating Skills

Passion For Learning

Educational Cost And Where To Study

Educational Cost And Where To Study
The average fee for pursuing the BTech program in Civil Engineering is around INR 2-4 lakhs in Public institutes and around INR 4-9.3 Lakhs in private institutes.
The average fee for pursuing MTech program in Civil Engineering is around INR 2-4.5 Lakhs.

The Top 2021 Colleges For Civil Engineering

Look at the most popular civil engineering colleges in India with the latest rankings (if any), the average fee of the program and many more details.

Name of The Institute

2020 Latest Ranking

Overall Average Program Fees

IIT Bombay – Indian Institute of Technology (IITB)

It is ranked 152nd in the QS World Universities rankings

Fees For MTech in Transportation System Engineering is INR 50,000

IIT Kharagpur – Indian Institute of Technology (IITKGP)

It is ranked 4th for engineering by NIRF 2020, and it is also ranked 3rd for engineering by India Today 2020

Fees For BTech in Civil Engineering is INR 8.52 Lakh

IIT Madras – Indian Institute of Technology Chennai (IITM)

It is ranked 1st for engineering by NIRF 2020 and outlook 2020

Fees For BTech in Civil Engineering is INR 9.38 Lakh

IIT Kanpur – Indian Institute of Technology (IITK)

It is ranked 5th among all the IITs in India by NIRF 2020 and it ranked 1st for engineering by Times 2020

Fees For BTech in Civil Engineering is INR 8.27 Lakh

IIT Roorkee – Indian Institute of Technology (IITR)

It is ranked 6th for engineering by NIRF 2020 and it is also ranked 5th for engineering by India Today 2020

Fees For BTech in Civil Engineering is INR 8.42 Lakh

Nature of Jobs/Roles, Growth Prospects and Salary

The employment areas of the civil engineers are construction firms, Defence Forces Development Boards Municipal Bodies, renewable energy projects, and many other firms.
Take a look at some of the job profiles for civil engineers to post completing their graduation program.

Job Profile Job Description Average Annual Salary
Structural Engineers They design, plan and supervise the construction of infrastructural projects like buildings, bridges, and so on. They also take care of alteration and extension to existing properties or structures. The national average salary in India for Structural Engineers  is around INR 4-5   Lakhs for 1-4 years of experience as per
Geotechnical Engineers The primary responsibility of Geotechnical engineers is to create projects and find solutions to the problems that are related to geology. The  average salary for Geotechnical Engineers  is around INR 3-4   Lakhs for a  0-1 year of experience as per
Site Engineers The take responsibility for security, safety, health, organizing, supervising material and people working at the site. They are part of the site management team. The  average salary for site Engineers  is around INR 2.5-3   Lakhs for a 0-1 year of experience as per
Construction Engineers The main task includes – to plan, direct, and supervise large construction projects. They act as leader and middleman on construction projects and ensure everything about the project is safe, smooth and structurally sound. The  average salary for Construction Engineers  is around INR 3.5-4   Lakhs for a 0-1 year of experience as per

Top Companies Hiring Civil Engineers And Future Growth

The top recruiters who hire civil engineers are as follow:

  • WS Atkins Consultant Limited
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Aecom Corporation
  • L&T Limited
  • Lodha Group
  • Nagarjuna Construction Company
  • Shapoorji Pallonji and Co. Ltd
  • Infra Corporation
  • Gammon Infrastructure Projects Limited
  • Afcons Infrastructure Limited
  • Government and Public Infrastructure Projects

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Civil Engineering

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Civil Engineering
There are many pros and cons of being a civil engineer, let us discuss the same in-depth.


  • Good Pay – Skilled and qualified civil engineers are paid well. The qualification degree and integral role of the individual are the deciding factors for a package of civil engineers.
  • Job Availability  – It is the core branch of the engineering stream that generates ample job opportunities for the students.
  • Chance To Work Abroad – The demand of civil engineers are in demand in the Gulf countries and the package is also better in comparison to the national package.
  • Job Satisfaction And Respectable Profession – Civil Engineers build and design the projects, so they get the ultimate job satisfaction when they complete the projects. It is a very respectable profession as people’s feelings are attached to the properties they build like homes, schools, and many more.
  • There are many more pros of being a civil engineer, let us discuss now the cons.


  • Long Working Hours – The responsibilities of the civil engineers are huge, challenging and they need to meet the deadlines. In such situations, they may have to work for longer hours.
  • Hazards At Work Site – A project engineer takes care of the mishaps happening at the worksite, this can be very dangerous sometimes.
  • Remote Locations –  Civil engineers sometimes end up working in some remote and hostile areas and it is not fun at all working in some hostile area.
  • Increased Liability – Many huge structures have high strategic, commercial and political value and there will be no room for errors in such projects. Thus Civil engineers are always under pressure and stress.

In a nutshell, civil engineering is the best branch of engineering from the growth perspective. The demand for skilled civil engineers will never slow down worldwide as infrastructure projects, constructing the building, and much more structure will keep on increasing and will never be stagnant.
If you are not comfortable working for project sites, then you can also get into the educational sector – the primary responsibility will be to teach the students the subjects of civil engineering at public or private engineering institutes.
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CSN Team.

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