Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer
Aerial view of airport infrastructure
Civil engineers design and direct large construction projects such as runways, taxiways, hangars, and terminal buildings.

About the Career

Aviation and airport civil engineers work occurs in and on airport property and working hours may include day or night shifts depending on the project.

On the job you will:

  • Create and oversee planning studies for redevelopment and expansion of the airport and its facilities
  • Review architectural and contractor construction plans
  • Oversees construction, and handles real estate and zoning problems
  • Coordination of engineering activities with Federal, State and local agencies


Average Salary: $87,060
Salary Range: $52,200 - $173,670
Education: 4 Year Degree
Outlook: Excellent (21% or more growth)

Education and Training

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree. They typically need a graduate degree for promotion to managerial positions. Civil engineers who sell their own services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Descriptions are based on general guidelines and industry standards and job duties may vary by employer and specific industry. Labor projections utilize data for the North Central Texas region and may vary from national statistics.

Critical Skills

Complex problem-solving
Project management