Civil Engineers

7.0/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $42.58 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 9% (Totally Safe)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Civil Engineers' job openings is expected to rise 8.2% by 2030
'Civil Engineers' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Civil Engineers' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Civil Engineers' was $88,570, or $42.58 hourly
'Civil Engineers' are paid 111.1% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 300,850 people employed as Civil Engineers.
This represents around 0.22% of the employed workforce across the United States.

Job description

Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.

SOC Code: 17-2051.00

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Big Al (Could go either way) says
I'd also like to point out that the design aspect "may" be automated but in the field when problems occur which tends to be often in Construction...will still need individuals with experience and "know-how" to prevent a domino affect of problems to follow. So, I think Civil Engineers and Inspectors are safe from their jobs being automated.
Dec 02, 2020 at 06:40 PM
Jainik Shah says
I think that just in a decade most of the civil engineers who design structural components, can loose their jobs easily. Just feed the structural layout and surrounding environmental conditions to computer, the quantity of material along with design, placement, cost and estimated time for structure to complete will be shared by computer.
P.s. : I wish this doesn't happen.
Nov 28, 2020 at 06:57 PM
Galang (Likely) says
I vote "likely" because of the advanced technology we have today, and I think after 2 decades it is possible to develop and enhance it more. In that case, robots might replace some duties of a Civil Engineer but still, it is needed to be controlled by a professional. So I vote "likely"
Jul 16, 2020 at 02:32 PM
Pasquale Tsingos (Small chance) says
Although we work constantly immersed in tech, there's much of subjectivity at our tasks and routine.
Jun 01, 2020 at 10:02 PM
anon (Could go either way) says
Many calculations are based on design codes and standards which simply need to be converted to the logic of a program. Engineers will mostly be relegated to determining the inputs to the program.
Apr 14, 2020 at 11:45 PM
RPM (Likely) says
Civil engineers apply the same set of rules to each site/project they work on. These rules could be universally standardized, and then replicated and applied to sites/projects by AI using well-defined algorithms that account for all scenarios. One day civil engineering design (and likely all other engineering design) will be heavily automated with little input by the designer.
Dec 30, 2019 at 03:29 PM
T says
With regards to John's comment on data entry: the data entry can and should be automated. However, the design and management aspects, including field investigations, high level design, decisions made from years of engineering experience, liaising with a team of multi-disciplinary professionals, and dealing with highly variable conditions at every different site means that this job (for the foreseeable future) is not highly susceptible to automation.
Jul 05, 2019 at 01:49 PM
Tyler Johnson says
That's cool that being a civil engineer would be a very safe job. I would think that there would always be a demand for their services, and it couldn't be done easily by a computer. I'll have to consider that as a career path since I would want a secure job.
Jun 04, 2019 at 07:14 PM
John (Highly likely) says
As an engineer, I spend my days punching in repetitive numbers for various calculations. This seems that it could be easily automated.
Apr 11, 2019 at 11:12 PM
Shekhar says
haha! I think you are still only solving the questions from books.... but in practical life every step of solution have a THE new question which is which is unique solution... therefore human brain he must...
Nov 28, 2020 at 07:25 PM
Mike says
It is interesting that there is only 1.9% of automating civil works jobs. This makes the job pretty safe for now. I'll have to tell more people to pursue it for now.
Mar 25, 2019 at 04:02 PM

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