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SOC: 17-2051 Civil Engineers
Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, water and sewage systems, and waste disposal units. Include architectural, structural, traffic, ocean, and geo-technical engineers. Exclude "Hydrologists" (19-2043).
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Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards. Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications. Provide technical advice to industrial or managerial personnel regarding design, construction, or program modifications or structural repairs. Test soils or materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt, or steel. Manage and direct the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at project site. Direct or participate in surveying to lay out installations or establish reference points, grades, or elevations to guide construction. Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project feasibility. Plan and design transportation or hydraulic systems or structures using computer assisted design or drawing tools. Prepare or present public reports on topics such as bid proposals, deeds, environmental impact statements, or property and right-of-way descriptions. Design energy efficient or environmentally sound civil structures. Identify environmental risks and develop risk management strategies for civil engineering projects. Direct engineering activities ensuring compliance with environmental, safety, or other governmental regulations. Analyze survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, or other topographical or geologic data. Conduct studies of traffic patterns or environmental conditions to identify engineering problems and assess potential project impact.
License: This applicant must submit an application with the State Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors. Application Fee: $50.00 License Fee: $75.00 Renewal Fee: $100.00 Examination Fee: $225.00
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $24.35   Entry $50,648.00
Mean $38.35   Mean $79,766.00
Experience $45.35 Experience $94,320.00

The data is based on the May 2016 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2017.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2014Projected Employment 2024Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
3,5803,770125.52
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