Civil Engineering is one of the oldest branches of Engineering. It is a core branch of engineering. In this article, you will be reading about the pros and cons of being a civil engineer. This guide will be of help to civil engineering education aspirants.
Civil engineering courses are available in formats such as – Bachelor’s Degree, Diploma courses and PG courses. So, how is it like to be a civil engineer? What’s the nature of the work like? Read on to know more!
Like any other profession, civil engineering also brings with it a set of pros and cons. There are many advantages, when it comes to being a civil engineer. At the same time, the career also poses many challenges and some difficulties.
When we talk about civil engineers, the first thing that comes to our mind is buildings and gigantic structures that they design and construct. Civil engineers are not just limited to making buildings. They are also capable of conceiving, designing and constructing roads, dams, canals, bridges, flyovers, highways, public structures etc.
Let us check out the pros of being a civil engineer first –
Pros of being a civil engineer –
- Good pay: Skilled and qualified civil engineers often get to enjoy decent pay packages. The quality of the college from which one pursues the course plays and integral role in determining the salary package.
- Job availability: Civil engineering is a core branch of engineering. It is also called an evergreen branch. Most core branches generate better job opportunities (compared to other engineering branches).
- Chance to work abroad: This is especially true in cases of Gulf countries. Civil engineers are in huge demand over there. Pay package is also much better than what it is in India.
- Excellent Government job opportunities: Civil engineers have access to a wide variety of government job posts. Armed forces, Indian Railways, PWDs, NHAI, Municipal corporations, Housing boards etc are known to recruit them on a regular basis.
- Job satisfaction: Civil engineers design and build things. They are capable of designing and building structures like bridges, roads, stadiums, sewer systems, houses etc. They are capable of touching the lives of people directly through their work.
- Respected profession: Thanks to the point mentioned above, civil engineers have cemented a place of their own in the society. It is a respected profession.
- Access to multiple job roles/profiles: Civil engineers may don roles such as – supervisor, field officer, project manager, design specialist, research candidate etc.
- Unique blend of technical expertise and creativity: It is a profession where you may express your creativity, problem solving skills and technical expertise. In short, you won’t be bored and work. You’ll always be motivated and mentally stimulated.
- Away from small cubicle: Lot of civil engineers have access to site work. If you don’t like typical cubicle work setup, you will love working outdoors! This profession takes civil engineers to different locations and environments – hilly areas, seashore, villages, forests etc.
Let us check out the cons now –
Cons of being a civil engineer –
- Long working hours: Many times, projects can be testing and challenging. Deadlines can be hard to meet. Such situations could often result in long and tough working hours. It is not uncommon to see civil engineers work in long shifts to see through projects.
- Hazards at work site: A project site hosts huge construction machinery, vehicles, building materials etc. Dust, sharp tools, pollution, fire and work accidents etc are common occurrences at many work sites.
- Remote locations: Working outdoors could be fun for some. But it is not true in cases of many people. Civil engineers may end up working at some remote and hostile areas. While it could be fun for some, many engineers don’t really enjoy it!
- Increased liability (and thus pressure): Civil engineers usually design and build structures. These structures usually have high strategic, commercial and political value. Lot of planning, calculation and effort must be put into the design of construction of such structures. Eye for detail is something that civil engineers must have. Errors can have dire consequences. This increased liability often leads to pressure (in case of civil engineers).
- Other problems: Other notable problems include – political interference & pressure, protests from locals (near or at site), dealing with corruption, legal disputes, labour disputes and vandalism.