What is typically expected in a work day for someone that is a civil engineer specializing in structural engineering?
Growing up, I have always been told that as a civil engineer, you either draw bridges or perform math calculations to make sure the bridges are able to successfully stand. However, what is it REALLY like in a typical work day? Do you work on indoors computers? Do you work outdoors at construction sites? What tasks are you expected to be completing in a single day? #engineering #civil-engineering #professionals
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If you graduate as a "Civil Engineer specializing in Structural Engineering", you can expect to spend the majority of your time in the office doing structural analyses and writing reports. However, it is quite common for new engineers to spend a lot of time at construction sites serving as construction inspectors. So field work could also occur. As your career advances and you gain experience, you can begin to shape the kind of work you do and its location.
I cannot judge whether you have your heart set on Structural Engineering. I will tell you that this discipline is only a small part of Civil Engineering. Other very interesting disciplines include water supply, environmental (and Sanitary) engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering and hydrology. Civil Engineers do a lot more than design structures!