What Are The Career Opportunities After B.Tech In Civil Engineering?

Annually, over 1.5 million engineers graduate from the top Engineering colleges in the country. As per statistics, for Civil Engineering, there is an average demand for 4 million engineers. This is a big demand and students should take advantage of it. Civil Engineering is a well-paid job and one can work in many industries and job profiles. However, it is not uncommon for students to be confused about careers after graduation. Should one enroll into higher education or start working? Where are the options for work available to a Civil Engineer?

One of the top universities in India that has B.Tech in Civil Engineering programme is MGU Bhopal. The course has 14 concentrations to choose from. There are traditional streams like Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, ECE and EEE. Other unique streams are Fire Safety, Rural Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering.

After finishing up a B.Tech degree at MGU, students can work in many capacities. A description of the top career options is as below.

Career Opportunities After B.Tech in Civil Engineering

  1. Campus Placements: The most popular choice for Civil Engineering graduates is to opt for campus placements. The placement cell in universities will train students with mock interviews and also connect them with internships and jobs. Opting for campus placements is convenient as one can have a job on hand before even finishing the course. Jobs are available in both public and private industries such as oil and energy, petroleum, power, banking, consulting. Some of the top hiring companies for Civil Engineering are Hindustan Steelworks, Fidu Asia, National Aluminium Company Ltd, Jindal Infrastructures Pvt. Ltd, IRCON, Vasathi Housing Ltd etc. On average Civil Engineers earn between INR 3,60,000 to INR 10,00,000 LPA.

  2. M.Tech in Civil Engineering: Higher education is a welcomed choice by many students upon graduating from their degrees. The Master of Technology in Civil Engineering is a follow-up degree to the B.Tech in Civil Engineering course. Several civil engineering colleges in Bhopal offer the masters version too. The course is for two years and one can gain admission to the course through a national level entrance test. Particularly, the GATE test score is accepted for admission. After securing a rank in the test, candidates will have to go through a counselling process. Upon finishing the course, higher-ranking jobs are available for graduates. Some such job profiles are Process Engineer, Structural Engineer, Civil Engineer, Senior Civil Engineer etc.

  3. MBA: Students from the best B.Tech colleges in Bhopal also opt for management courses. The management course most B.Tech students choose is an MBA programme. The two-year long course teaches students about the basics of Management, Leadership and Organizations. This course offers many concentration choices such as Finance, Marketing, Operations, Human Resource Management etc. Jobs for MBA graduates are in middle and lower management in companies and industries. Engineering graduates with an MBA degree are in demand in several sectors such as Banking, Investment Finance and more.

  4. Competitive Examinations: B.Tech Civil Engineering students can also prepare for competitive examinations. Examinations such as the UPSC are to be taken for Civil Services jobs in the public sector. There are two stages to the examination, the preliminary and the mains stage. At the final stage, there is also an interview round. Only after completing all rounds along with the interview individuals will be presented with a job offer. Civil Engineers can work in constructing government civil structures and other projects. This is a much-coveted job role where competition is tough but one is able to contribute to the development of the country’s infrastructure.

  5. Entrepreneurship: Many individuals do not wish to work full-time under another company and instead be their own boss. Civil Engineers can do just that. Graduates can set up their own construction business and take up private and public projects as well.  As a business owner, one must know how to do sales, marketing, finance, management and much more. The work is tough and there are a lot of duties that are handled by only one person. Also, there are times where workflow could be less. However, with persistence, the efforts would pay off and one can make considerable profits with their own construction business.

  6. Armed Forces: The Armed Forces of India hire new recruits every year. Positions are available in not just the administrative departments but also in the construction and Engineering departments of public projects. Individuals can take examinations conducted nationally and attend a physical fitness test to gain employment. Upon completing the multiple rounds of admission, one can either work in the armed forces, navy or air force. The examination required to be taken is the CDS or the Combined Defence Services. There are four stages to the CDS test – written exam, interview, document verification and the medical examination.

  7. Writing: Many graduates find employment in writing and journalism. Technical writing is a niche category of content writing. One can work as a writer in a full-time or freelance capacity. Typically work is available in the writing of blogs, website write ups, marketing copies, email copies etc. The scope of work involves writing about software, reviews of latest IT technology, hardware and more. There is much freedom in working as a writer as one can choose which client to work with. Individuals can also set their own rates for the work.  Moreover, Technical writers can also work with international clients from any corner of the world.

  8. Teacher: Teaching is a lucrative and much-loved profession among many engineering graduates. One can teach at the school level for Science and Mathematics subjects. Alternatively, one can also coach students to prepare for the engineering entrance examinations. Students would need a teacher or a mentor to help with preparation of JEE, as they are considered to be one of the tough exams. One major advantage of teaching and coaching is that the individual can teach through traditional brick and mortar settings and also through the online format.

These were some of the most opted and appropriate career choices for civil engineering graduates. Moreover, depending on the skills and interests, one can easily end up with a suitable career option post graduation.

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