“Civil Engineering is one of the oldest branches of engineering”. This statement is probably the most common one that a prospective engineering student comes across. But, is this oldest branch of engineering is as relevant and attractive it used to be?
The answer to the above question is ‘YES’, it is as relevant as it used to be and even it will be relevant in the coming years. But on the aspect of it being attractive, well that is something that is debatable.
For all the prospective Civil Engineers out there, I request you to patiently go through the entire article. It will definitely help you to have a clear thinking of the scope of Civil Engineering in the future and in turn your own future prospects.
Here we will skip the part of the curriculum and courses you will be studying during engineering, as it is secondary and is available all around. But what I want to cover is something that is not told initially to students and they are just provided candies about available government jobs and the life you will have once you crack that exam. The students after hearing these things live in a La La land of their own but get a kick at the end of their 4th year when they don’t have a job and suddenly that candy starts to melt.
Yes, it is true that Civil Engineering offers a great opportunity for getting into a government job and frankly that is the obsession of most students and their parents too. But the number of students that get there is very small. On an estimate around 1.5 lakh students graduate with a Civil Engineering degree across India (read the data of Students applied for GATE) and a handful of them (at max around 5000) secure a government job through ESE, PSU’s, State Engineering Services, etc.
So, what about the rest of the students?
Yes, you guessed it right, “Private Sector Companies” but that comes with its fair share of challenges. 1) A very low salary as compared to your friends from other branches. 2) Working in adverse situations and climates. For the working environment, it has been always associated with this particular branch and it is something that everyone needs to accept. As for low salary, that has become a norm now and is not going to change anytime soon. So, in other words you need to accept both these challenges.
Reading these things the next question comes to mind, is the opportunity in this stream and oldest branch so bleak? And if it is, why so many students still opt for it?
For the second part of the question frankly, I don’t know and will love to find out. If anyone of you has any answer regarding this question please do mention it in comments. Now, coming back to the first part, the answer is ‘NO’, Civil Engineering still has a sea of opportunity for everyone, and with the current development of technology it has got a lot to offer, even much more than other good-paying branches of engineering. But for that you need to be aware, keep yourself updated and inherit new skill sets that are in demand and that provide good pay and job opportunities.
Reading the above paragraphs, a lot of you guys would have come out of their fancy land and ready to accept the real scenarios and demands. For those who are still trapped in their dreamland, nothing will suffice them. So, quickly, I will try to show you that this branch has still a lot to offer to its graduates.
Now, if you are confident enough of cracking any exam, go ahead and do it. No one’s stopping you from achieving it. But for the major portion of students, you need to develop and undertake steps that improve your overall quality as an engineer. It’s true that the job in the Civil Engineering domain has dried up but it is equally true that there are still jobs for quality engineering graduates. To have a good job you need to get into higher education or do courses through various other modes and improve your credentials. Right now, this field demands people who have a specialization in a particular field.
Now coming back to things this branch has to offer to its students:
A very wide scope for Higher Education.
Civil Engineering as a branch is like an umbrella that covers several other areas of specialization like Structural Engineering, Construction Technology & Management, Transportation Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, etc. to name a few. Once you have a specialization in a particular field, the job prospect increase, and with it the salary structure increases too.
An extremely good field for Research
For the students who are focused to get into research and academics, this branch has a lot to offer. With the advent of new technologies and new materials, this field provides ample opportunities for students who are interested in academics and research. You can opt for your Ph.D.’s and get into academics in various institutions and help in molding the future of a lot of budding engineers.
A longer Job Expectancy
Civil Engineering is just like a Wine, “As it gets aged it becomes expensive”. The experience a Civil Engineer accumulates becomes more important and thus their job expectancy increases. An experienced engineer is always in great demand and they are paid a hefty amount for their work and services. Civil Engineers enjoy the perk of working even after their set date of retirements.
And lastly, the evergreen Government Job.
I hope, this helps the prospective students who want to pursue Civil Engineering as their career. Wishing you Best of Luck!!!