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civil engineering- one among the top careers with relatively low stress

Question asked by CIVILPRINCESS in #Civil & Structural on Apr 15, 2011
CIVILPRINCESS · Apr 15, 2011
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Money magazine and PayScale.com teamed up to rank the top 100 careers with great pay and growth prospects, as well as categorical lists such as job growth potential, stress levels, and others, in its November 2010 issue. For those of you who felt your career choice was never vindicated, fret no more. Your day in the sun is now, even if it is chilly and gray outside.

Based on data sources including PayScale.com, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and Money research, civil engineer ranked sixth on the overall list of the top 100 careers with great pay and growth prospects. Job growth was listed as 24 percent for a 10-year forecast based on estimates for 2008-2018 from the BLS. Sister professions ranked equally well — environmental engineer (No. 5), project engineer (No. 41), structural engineer (No. 47), and transportation engineer (No. 51). The related profession of geographic information systems analyst made the list as well at No. 97.

For those who have debated whether it’s better to be an engineer or architect, engineers unquestionably win based on the results presented here. While architects made the top 100 list, they ranked only 94th.

What beat out environmental and civil engineers in the ranking? Software architect, physician assistant, management consultant, and physical therapist ranked one through four.

Although when ranked by job growth — civil engineer didn’t rank as high as in the overall list — the profession still came in at a healthy thirteenth place. We also, by comparison, are enjoying low-stress jobs. Seventy percent of biomedical engineers say their job is low stress, earning it the top rank on this niche list. Transportation engineer came in second with 69 percent of respondents claiming low stress. GIS analyst is fifth, and civil engineer is ninth with 53.3 percent saying their job is low stress.

Realistically, I guess it depends on the day. When there is a flood, an earthquake, a hurricane, a significant structural failure, or some other catastrophic event, I’d say transportation and civil engineers are feeling very stressed indeed. But since civil engineering jobs often offer autonomy in your work, well-established deadlines, flexibility, creative thinking, and permanence (society will always need civil engineers!), there are many reasons for it to point toward lower stress on a meter.

I was disappointed with one outcome of this study in the special category of “benefit to society.” Civil engineers did not respond favorably enough to rank on this niche top 10 list. When asked if their job makes the world a better place, as compared with professionals such as anesthesiologists, physical therapy directors, emergency room physicians, and other health care and social service professions, civil engineers didn’t fare well. Knowing the importance of civil engineers’ work and its influence on citizens’ safety, health, quality of life, economy, national security, and other fundamentals of life, I’m surprised more civil engineers didn’t sing the praises of our profession in this category. But by comparison, surgery would be awful without anesthesiologists and what would we do without doctors when our loved ones are ill?

In any case, kudos to civil engineering!

source:CE News Posted in: #Civil & Structural
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare · Apr 15, 2011
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😔 That means someone else is also called 'CE'

I’m surprised more civil engineers didn’t sing the praises of our profession in this category.
We should glamorize every engineering field. And Civil Engineers are the pillars that help in laying the foundation of a developed nation.
ISHAN TOPRE · Apr 15, 2011
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Yes CP. Everyone is running after software courses like CS and IT sectors. But people tend to forget that it is the core industries which needs development. There is actually a lot of scope for development in Core branches.

I have heard some people say "But it is our own profit. Let the crowd go to CS and suffer we will have a lot of opportunity and a less competition in our field."

It is true but we need competition. What say people?

Anyways nice info CP.
CIVILPRINCESS · Apr 15, 2011
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thanks ishu 😀

yeah i agree with you without the competition we can put in our best. we really need healthy competition to progress.
Ramani Aswath
Ramani Aswath · Apr 20, 2011
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In 1967 I was teaching in the Chem. Eng. dept of IIT, M. My neighbour and good friend (Not necessarily true always) was the associate professor in the Civil Eng dept. A distant nephew of mine was doing his PhD on stresses on the support pillars of concrete bridges with dynamic load. My friend asked me if I could think of some way of getting a concentrated moving load on some bridges in Madras where they could fix strain gauges and check out if the algorithms developed in the Ph.D. programme matched actual behaviour.

I remembered another relative of mine in the state electricity board, who was explaining to me about how they moved heavy transformers using a 100 ton Mack truck. The Electricity people were thrilled to take part in a Civil PhD project. The strain gauges were located appropriately, the Mack was loaded with 100 tons of sand bags, the bridge was closed for traffic for two hours. (there was very little traffic in 1967) a bunch electricity board workers hopped on to the truck for fun and the whole cavalcade went up and down at various speeds.

All had great fun. Incidentally, the algorithm did pan out. Though a Chem E I am fascinated by bridges. H.Shirley Smith's book,'The World's Great Bridges' is an all time favourite. I do not know how many times I have read it. On my various trips to different countries, I went and saw most of the bridges described in that book.
Hubert Shirley-Smith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Civil Engineers? Salt of the Earth.

sanferyB · Apr 27, 2011
As a result of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a median starting wages for every job in existence is on record. Wages depicted here are for bachelor's graduates, not post-graduate. Top 10 US college majors that lead to highest pay are the following: petroleum engineer, aerospace engineering career, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, Nuclear engineering, Biomedical engineering abd a lot more. As you may see, it is engineering has the best paying college major. It will maximize earning potential as well as the career. There is actually a lot of scope for development in Core branches. Thus, engineering is one of the top.

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