Among all engineering disciplines, civil engineering is expected to experience the most job growth in the upcoming years, according to estimated figures by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The research also finds that one-third of civil engineers are employed by local, state and federal government agencies. Civil engineers are in high demand among construction, architectural and engineering firms, as well. In 2010, the annual mean wage for civil engineers was $84,140.
In Denver, the hiring outlook for civil engineers is one of the best in the country, the BLS finds. The annual mean wage is $85,190, slightly above the national average, and Denver ranks ninth in the country for metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in civil engineering.
Another survey by the National Association of Colleges finds that engineers overall are in high demand. In fact, the average starting salary for engineering graduates hit $62,062, marking a 2.3 percent gain. This figure is higher than all other categories. Still, engineering employment does differ by specialty and can be impacted by foreign outsourcing and government spending cutbacks. In today’s market, more employers are bringing on engineers as contractors, which can be influenced by business cycles.