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Florida Tech Times Higher EducationTimes Higher Education ranks Florida Tech in the Top 200 Universities in the World! Additionally, Florida Tech was noted for a score of 99 out of a possible 100 in the citations category, making it #10 in the world for citations.

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Florida Tech AccoladeFlorida Tech is ranked a Tier One Best National University by U.S. News & World Report in its 2013 edition of "Best Colleges."

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Florida Tech Fiske Guide to CollegesFlorida Tech is one of just nine public and private schools in Florida recognized by the 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges. The Fiske Guide places Florida Tech in the "inexpensive" category for private schools and lists it under the heading, "Engineering/Top Technical Institutes."

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Careers in Civil Engineering

If you're interested in such things as urban planning or the idea of working in a local, state or federal agency charged with infrastructure planning and development, you are likely someone destined for one of the civil engineering careers available to graduates of Florida Tech with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. A Florida Tech Civil Engineering degree has, historically, yielded a job offer or admission into graduate school prior to graduation for 74 percent of our seniors.

Career Outlook

Employers offering civil engineering careers include private architectural, land development, environmental and other civil engineering firms, as well as government agencies and organizations. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, while others work in design, construction, research, and teaching. Civil engineers work in collaborative environments that often include civil engineering technicians and technologists.

Employment in civil engineering careers is expected to grow 19 percent from 2010 – 2020 due to aging infrastructure such as bridges, water systems, roadways, water treatment plants, etc. While government funding is often the source for civil engineering projects, private company projects will continue to create demand for civil engineering careers.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. Check the handbook for information and the outlook for civil engineering careers.

Career Options

The type of civil engineering careers available with a degree in civil engineering includes:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Architects
  • Landscape Architect
  • Surveyor
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Mapping Technician
  • Construction Manager
  • Cost Estimator

Potential Employers

Local and national engineering firms that have hired Florida Tech graduates include:

  • BRPH Architects & Engineering, Inc.
  • City of Palm Bay
  • City of Sebastian
  • Creech Engineers, Inc.
  • Edward J. Maeck Landscape Architects
  • Jones Edmonds Engineering
  • Kimley, Horn & Associates
  • Quantitative Environmental Analysis
  • Saint John's River Water Management District
  • Tensor Engineering
  • Turner Construction

Entry-Level Salary Expectations

Entry-level civil engineering salaries are reported by PayScale.com to be $53,800 with opportunity to grow to $88,800. A career in civil engineering technology offers $49,500 - $80,500. Payscale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation. Similar occupations also have attractive entry-level salaries including:

Architect: $41,900 - $75,200
Urban Planning: $39,000 - $79,900
Construction Management: $49,500 - $86,100

Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on these and other careers.

Graduate Degree Programs

20 percent of Florida Tech civil engineering students attending graduate school typically specialize in construction, environmental or geotechnical disciplines, the design and construction of structures, transportation/highways and water resources. Equally impressively, 99 percent of our degree recipients begin civil engineering careers or enter graduate school within three months after graduation.

Florida Tech Civil Engineering degree students have attended graduate school programs at such prestigious universities as:

  • University of California at Berkeley
  • Cornell
  • Georgia Tech
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford