Yamini Ramaswamy

I have heard that most of the Civil Engineers are confined to outdoors. Isn't that too hectic?

Working as a Civil engineer excites me but is it too boring

by Yamini Ramaswamy
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RE: I have heard that most of the Civil Engineers are confined to outdoors. Isn't that too hectic?

Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD

Hello There! I am glad that you though of approaching CareerGuide.com for seeking clarification to this unique and very much common query. I am sure that the experts here will be able to provide the required clarification to your query.


I am an Educationist and have been into counselling of students from engineering / commerce / management / law streams and also have been into teaching and also been into writing on career management for more than ten years now. I have also been visiting and talking to thousands of engineering students across Maharashtra about career enhancement options.

Looking at your query, I feel that what you have heard is the general perception of people for civil engineers, but this is not completely correct, though 75% civil engineers may be outdoors.

Civil Engineering as you know is a very technical field and majority of the work involves labour, material, site management, etc. All these are rightly outdoor things, since a physical project happens on a peice of land located on earth. Without working on land, one cannot build anything. Also I admire Civil Engineers since they are the ones who are literally and in the real sense building the nation and contributing to the nation building process through construction and infrastructure projects.

I am not completing denying the fact that civil engineering requires outdoor on the site work majorly, but according to the recent dynamic changes in the construction industry, this is changing very fast. Now the industry has realised that there is tremendous lack of managerial skills in the construction and infrastructure industry. Now the business demands this skill more than technical skills. This managerial skill is not about general business management but of Construction and Project Management.

If Civil Engineer today acquire this Construction and Project Management skill but mainly focused into management aspects, then working on site will reduce to fifty (50%) percent. Today the industry is NOT getting Construction and Project Management professionals since this is not taught in ME or MTech or MBA. This is a very specialised field of learning and if Civil Engineer learn this, they can climb the management levels in construction and infrastructure sector fast and easily.

According to the 2013 estimates, 10,00,000 (ten lakh) project and construction management professionals are required by the construction and infrastructure industry annually. Just imagine the strength and requirement of this skill!!!

Those Civil Engineer who do no acquire this very much demanded skill, remain under-employed with low paid and low end jobs and remain in uncertain career growth and purely technical.

Best Luck


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