Retired Civil Engineer
Adding to what Bonaparte said in his comment, while it is common for technically-oriented people in a professional organization to move onto management, this is not always true. Some stay focused on the technical work their entire career. The opportunity for transition requires a fair amount of experience and typically does not occur until year 5-10 in your career, if you are so-inclined. As stated above, it often begins as you assume responsibility for a portion of a team project and, if successful, you can progress to project manager of increasingly large and complex projects. During this period, you can enhance your chances to "move up the ladder" by taking management courses. These can be day or week-long courses or you can go to school (or night school) and earn a Masters Degree in Management.
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Nothing, if you are early in your career. Work for a few years and see where your interests take you.