A career in civil engineering requires four years of education and licensing from Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. Interested parties should possess advance critical thinking skills and a strong background in the math and science. Civil engineers in Mississippi can expect to make roughly 9 percent less than the national average. Related careers include aerospace engineer and Naval architects.
A career in civil engineering will requires a minimum of the bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year program. To succeed in an engineering program applicant should possess a strong background in math and science. Coursework will focus on architectural design/drafting as well as things like using certain software and several levels of math.
To be successful as a civil engineer, one must possess the following skills:
- advanced problem solving
- the ability to think critically
- excellent judgment skills to deal with the responsibilities of project development and construction
- interpersonal and communication skill due to the need to deal with client needs as well as be a productive member of a team
A career in the public sector will require licensing by the Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. The Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor (Incl. Corporations, Joint Practice and In-Training) license is intended for any person with experience through education or work history to be an engineer. The requirements for licensing include passing a exam, a review of work history, and direct board approval as well as several hours of continued education. This license must be renewed annually. License renewal can currently be done online.
The average American civil engineer can expect to make $38.14 an hour, and see an average yearly pay of $ 79,000. Mississippi pays roughly nine percent less than the national average(s) with an hourly rate of $34.76 and an annual salary of $72,300. This may change in the future as the growth rate for civil engineers in Mississippi is at 10 percent and holding steady.
People who study civil engineering are capable of working as architectural, structural, and geo-techincal engineers as well as civil engineers. The majority of these occupations are public sector workers, but due to rising fields like green energy and the need for trained consultants. The type of work done by those in this field include, but are not limited to the planning, design, and supervision of long-term projects (for example roads and power planets.)
Similar careers include:
- aerospace engineers
- civil engineering technicians
- landscape architects
- marine engineers
- naval architects