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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers design the physical infrastructure that surrounds us. Roads, bridges, airports, railways and other significant construction projects are built and maintained with the input of civil engineers.

Civil engineers will take on a wide range of responsibilities to ensure that large scale projects are delivered. These range from assessing the feasibility and challenges presented by proposed projects all the way to designing the project itself and selecting and managing the resources used and maintaining the infrastructure on delivery. This means they are often coordinating between the work of many other specialists, ensuring that the electrical engineers, mechanical engineers and construction contractors working on a construction project are on track.

Career Paths

The most common areas civil engineers will work in are construction and the public sector, here they will go about shaping the built environment that surrounds us. The government is the driving force behind the majority of major construction projects, the build roads, hospitals, bridges and other public goods that present significant construction challenges and have a long lifespan. Civil engineers who work in the public sector are key to the delivery of these projects and to their ongoing maintenance.

Utilities companies also have significant demand for the talents of civil engineers, managing the infrastructure necessary to generate electricity and deliver it to homes and business.

The range of possibilities open to you means that as your career develops you will have opportunities to specialise. You could develop your project management skills and take on a less hands on role or develop knowledge in a specific field such as marine infrastructure or healthcare.

With over 400 engineering courses offered across undergraduate and postgraduate level, there are no shortage of entry routes to a career in engineering. Most of these courses focus on a specific field of engineering and at postgraduate level the degree of specialisation becomes greater. If you’re set on a field there is likely to be a course that will allow you to study it from the outset, but many undergraduate engineering programs offer a general entry option, allowing students to study a range of topics and make a decision on their area of focus later, with the benefit of direct experience.

Occupations in Civil Engineering
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Building Services Engineering Technician

Building services engineering technicians help in the design, installation and maintenance of services in buildings. Services include central heating, air conditioning and lighting.

Engineering Technician - Civil

Helps engineers and architects to organise the construction of structures like bridges, roads and railways.

Site Engineer

Works as part of a building site management team, performing a technical, organisational and supervisory roles on projects such as civil, road, rail and other infrastructure projects.

Civil / Construction Engineer

Works on the design and construction of structures like bridges, roads and railways.

Building Engineer

Building engineers are concerned with the planning, design, construction, operation, renovation, and maintenance of buildings, as well as with their impacts on the surrounding environment


Engineers design, develop, improve and maintain a vast range of the technology that surrounds us, from sports trainers to roads, tunnels and bridges, and from light bulbs to space satellites.

Structural Engineer

Designs and supervises the safe construction of structures like bridges, stadiums and large buildings.

Traffic Engineer

Traffic engineers plan and design transport improvements including junctions, parking, traffic control systems and public transport systems.

Transport Design Engineer

Transport designers design transport such as cars, boats and aeroplanes. They must be aware of the principles of engineering, production methods and the needs of transport users.

Urban Planning Engineer

Advise on how land can be developed or conserved for the benefit of society. The work includes putting together plans that outline policies in areas such as housing, transport and the environment.