Civil Engineering Technicians

Annual Earnings Percentiles

Skill Scores

  • supported icon 64

    Supported

  • analytical icon 59

    Analytical

  • creative icon 45

    Creative

  • purpose icon 30

    Purpose

  • social icon 20

    Social

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College Majors

Showing data from the American Community Survey for the following US Census occupation categories:

Bachelor's degree majors are shown.

  • Engineering technicians, except drafters

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    What Civil Engineering Technicians Do

    Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.

    Work Environment

    Civil engineering technicians work in offices, where they help civil engineers plan and design projects. Civil engineering technicians sometimes visit the jobsite where a construction project is taking place, to collect or test materials or observe the project.

    How to Become a Civil Engineering Technician

    Although not always required, an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology is preferred for employment as a civil engineering technician.

    Job Outlook

    Employment of civil engineering technicians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need to preserve, repair, upgrade, and enhance an aging infrastructure will sustain demand for these workers.

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    Job Trends for Civil Engineering Technicians

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    This occupation supported 73,100 jobs in 2012 and 74,000 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 1.2%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 0.7% in 2022 to 73,600 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 73,100, compared with an observed value of 74,000, 1.2% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are about on track with the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 4.9% in 2024 to 77,600 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 73,600 jobs for 2024, 5.2% lower than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much better than the 2012 trend within this occupation.

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