Rome wasn't built in a day because it didn't have MIT Civil Engineers (and even then it probably would have taken a couple days).
Take a pile of concrete, some glass, throw in some steel and pile it all up. How high do you think you could make it stand without toppling over when a feather falls on it? If you're like us, you wouldn't even bother trying because, y'know, that's hard (and weird).
Civil Engineers, on the other hand, would relish in the opportunity. They'd probably end up with a monument that attracts tourists and generates revenue for the city.
These types of skills are what Civil Engineers pick up in their schooling, so if you've ever wondered things like where the best place to put a new library is or why your city hall is right next to the police station, there's a good chance you'll learn these answers in your quest to become a Civil Engineer.
This is a major for people that love planning and figuring things out in a real-world environment. Maybe you're interested in solving problems, but cancer research isn't your gig. Shh, it's okay, you can stop screaming "WHY?" helplessly into the sky.
There are other ways to help people. When you hop into civil engineering, you'll have more than your fair share of problem solving to do. From transportation to irrigation, you'll have your work cut out for you.
If you've thought about going into engineering because it'll make you a bunch of money, then you've done your homework (or are doing it now). Engineers make more money than any other group of college grads. Even if you aren't making as much as your vanilla engineering peers, you'll still have cash coming out of your ears.
Famous People who majored in Civil Engineering
- Joey Chestnut
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
- Yasser Arafat
- Fidel V. Ramos
- José Sócrates
Percentage of US students who major in Civil Engineering:
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