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Civil engineers build cities -- from roads and bridges to tunnels, public buildings, and sewer systems. They are involved in the planning, construction, and maintenance of all kinds of structures. Creativity, civil engineers say, is the most important part of the job.

Meet a civil engineer: Patricia Frayre, Susan Knack, Andy Straz

Education
Civil engineers must graduate with a Bachelor of Science from a college accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology. In college, civil engineers are required to take courses in calculus, statistics, physics, chemistry, and advanced engineering. Civil engineers must also pass a Professional Engineer exam in their home state before they begin working. If you are a high school student interested in becoming a civil engineer, try to take advanced courses in calculus, physics, and chemistry -- this will give you a leg up on the competition when you apply to college!

Fast Facts
Number of people in profession: 183,140*
Percentage male: 90
Percentage female: 10
Average hours per week: 45
Average starting salary: $39,000
Average salary after five years: $70,000
Average salary after 10 to 15 years: $90,000

People You Will Work With
Architects, construction managers, structural engineers, urban planners

* Based on a 1999 National Science Foundation survey



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