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Career in the spotlight: Civil Engineer

Metro introduces you to recent grads establishing careers in growing industries, and asked them how they landed a job in their field.

Lauren Lake likes being an engineer because of all the possible careers she can do with her training.

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Lauren Lake likes being an engineer because of all the possible careers she can do with her training.

Job Description: Civil Engineer

Median Wage: Median wage of people working as Civil Engineers is $82,000, according to George Brown College’s Career Coach tool. The average entry-level salary for Civil Engineers is $53,000. Eventually Civil Engineers may make as much as $122,000 a year, and can earn even more as company owners or directors.

Expected Growth: Steady

Why I like my job: Lauren Lake, 24, Kitchener, Bridgit Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer

“I didn’t take a typical engineering job, but I still use a lot of my engineering skillset. Bridgit is a software company focused on the construction industry, so we interact with civil engineers or people from that background. But then on the sales side, I approach it from a very mathematical point of view. It’s been a lot of experimentation, figuring out exactly how to build the sales model. In a lot of ways, it’s very similar to solving a big engineering problem.

“One of the biggest things I’ve learned is to look for opportunity everywhere. When I was graduating school, this wouldn’t be the most obvious career path – I’m focused on sales, and it’s a startup. It’s not a traditional engineering job, but it still uses my education in a lot of ways. To people who are graduating, I would say to look for opportunities no matter what path they’re down, because there really are opportunities everywhere, and not just in one specific field.”

How to become an animator:

How to start:

• Civil Engineering Technology, Advanced Diploma

• Civil Engineering Technician, Diploma

• Construction Engineering Technician, Diploma

• Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Degree

• Bachelor of Engineering Science, Degree

Where this career can take you: A background in Civil Engineering can lead to a variety of engineering careers, including bridge building, hydraulics, sanitation, public works, transportation, geomatics, highway construction and environmental consulting

Your next career step: Several management options are open to Civil Engineers; entrepreneurial engineers may want to brush up on their business skills before launching their own consulting or construction company, while research-oriented types can consider pursuing a Masters or PhD.

Data for this feature was provided by georgebrown.ca, Ontariocolleges.ca, Ryerson.ca, uwo.ca, and servicecanada.gc.ca,

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