Civil and Structural Engineering

Potential Careers

The vast majority of graduates from these courses make direct use of their knowledge of Civil and / or Structural Engineering to enter employment in the construction or engineering sectors, many with well-known employers, others with smaller more specialised firms.

Typical job titles are: Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, Site Engineer, Contracts Engineer, and Rail Engineer. A number move into more specialist engineering roles such as Submarine Engineer, Explosives Engineer, Assistant Architect, and Geotechnical Engineer.

Smaller numbers enter roles which use their analytical and problem-solving skills in other technical fields such as IT, for example as programmers, or in completely different fields such as banking or teaching English as a foreign language.

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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates

Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.

Understand yourself and your options

Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.

Civil and structural engineering - what University of Sheffield Graduates do six months after graduation

This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling or taking time out.

Graduate case studies

Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.

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Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject

We have put together a number of resources to help with this.

Options with your subject - Civil and structural engineering

This section of the Prospects website will help you to explore how you can best use your degree.

There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider such as civil or structural engineer. However, a large proportion of vacancies advertised to graduates are open to any degree subject, so you should be prepared to explore all your options.

What can I do with an engineering degree?

This guide produced by Targetjobs, should help you think about the skills you have and the jobs they can be applied to.

Explore types of jobs - Prospects

This part of Prospects includes profiles covering a wide range of occupations, including job descriptions, salary, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.

Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest

Career Connect

We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.

Information resources

Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.

Other suggested vacancy sources