Building Hiring Demand for Civil Engineers

Engineers are in high demand in the United States, and one of the types of Engineers we commonly see requests are Civil Engineers. Civil Engineers are needed to design, construct, and maintain infrastructure and buildings. The BLS projects that demand for this occupation will grow 19% between 2010 and 2020. Today, we look at if demand is on pace and challenges Recruiters are likely to face. In just the past 30 days, there were over 11,000 job ads available online for Civil Engineers, a 14% increase compared to the same time period in 2011 and up more than 40% from 2010. As an engineering occupation and a STEM career, we would expect hiring demand to be fairly strong for Civil Engineers.

Hiring Demand for Civil Engineers - 4 Year Hiring Demand

Hiring Demand for Civil Engineers
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Below are the 10 metropolitan areas that had the highest number of available job ads in the past 30 days, along with their year-over-year growth. All 10 locations saw year-over-year growth. Employers posted the most ads for positions located in the Houston area. However, employers in Denver saw the greatest growth, with more than 84% more jobs this year than in the same 30-day period in 2011.

cities with most demand for civil engineers
Source: WANTED Analytics

Just like we reported with all types of engineering occupations, CAD skills are highly in demand for Civil Engineers. Below is a list of the 10 most commonly advertised skills and requirements in civil engineering job ads.

  1. Project management
  2. Autodesk AutoCAD
  3. Construction management
  4. Oral and written communication skills
  5. Microsoft Office
  6. Bentley Microstation
  7. Business development
  8. Self-starting/self-motivated
  9. Detail oriented
  10. Quality control
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