Earning A Civil Engineering Graduate Degree
Civil engineering is one of the oldest branches of the wide field of engineering.
Civil engineers plan, create, construct, and maintain all different types of public systems and structures, and are basically the backbone of any modern city or town
(American Society of Civil Engineers)
Civil engineers are often responsible for the following tasks: the designing and construction of road systems, municipal buildings and centers, airports, other transportation center, water supply and sewage systems which can include dams, tunnels, bridges, and filtration structures.
The broad field of civil engineering is an umbrella under which there are many sub-fields, such as structural engineering, transportation, building construction, environmental engineering, and geotechnical engineering (rock and soil mechanics). If you are involved at all in as a Civil Engineer, you know that there are a plenty of jobs available within this discipline.
And if you have a master's degree in Civil Engineering, the career prospects are tremendous. And while earning any degree in engineering is hard, it has never been easier to actually attend classes and earn that degree. Schools are offering online training options which offer a good deal of convenience and flexibility. By taking some of your classes online, you give yourself the chance to expand and continue to develop your knowledge and scope of this field, and, consequently, broadening your career possibilities.
Graduates often find employment near cities that house major industrial and commercial hubs. In highly populated areas such as these, engineers are needed to design, build and manage safe transportation systems, water and sewage systems, and continue to maintain, repair, or replace roads and municipal construction (such as bridges, tunnels, etc).
Because employment opportunities within this field depends quite a bit on the geographic area and the need for specific work, it is important to be as qualified a candidate as possible before looking for employment. Earning a graduate degree in will give you a distinct edge, especially if you are currently employed in the field.
The career opportunities are pretty limitless in the field. A Civil Engineer can hold a managerial post, which could range from construction site manager working out in the field to a city engineer, who works mostly in the office, designing and implementing roads and structures on computer-based software.
There are also many support positions available for a engineer in this sector, including working as a designer, performing research to continue scientific knowledge and design methods specifically for this field, and teaching. Many of the high-ranking (and high-paying) positions in this field are generally controlled by individuals who hold a Master's degree or higher.
If you are considering going for a graduate degree, you probably understand that it will take quite some effort. But the effort is almost always worth it.
And schools are trying to make it more convenient. They offer evening, weekend and online classes so you can continue working your regular work schedule and work towards your degree simultaneously. Many modern programs offer lectures presented via streaming video that you can watch at any time on your computer, from home or at work. And many of your assignments can be submitted to your professors entirely online. With the convenience of all this also comes flexibility. Because you are able to fit your class time into your schedule, you won't have to sacrifice family commitments or even too much of your precious leisure time. Earning your degree on a part-time schedule is an almost ideal way to work towards your highest career aspirations.
Many graduate degree programs in engineering are specifically designed for the working professional. They are offered through accredited universities, and the programs are planned around existing recommendations of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Two of the most popular degrees that can be earned are a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Construction Engineering or Structural Engineering.
There are also programs that emphasize more of the technological side of the field, providing instruction to those who are leaning towards doing design work on a computer. Whichever way you decide to go, you can often develop your own career strategy within a field of specialization that is closely related to your current occupation.
When and if you decide that you want to put in the effort to earning your graduate degree, you will need to make the commitment of time, effort and money. But by continuing your education, you are making the best decision to advancing your career. Having a master's degree on your wall brings with it not only advanced professional development, but also a sense of accomplishment, and the testimony to current and future employers that you are dedicated to being the best engineer that you can be.
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