Scope of Civil Engineering for Females

A bridge designed by civil engineers over a river

Career scope of Civil Engineering course for Girls?

Time has gone when every engineering field was male-dominated. In this modern era, females have realized that these fields are as much feasible for females as they are for men. Civil engineering is a vast and dynamic field. From office work to site work it fill your desire and interests. As a young girl to decide should you go for civil engineering? Wait and ask yourself that do you like designing and construction of huge buildings and big structures, dams, highways, and different construction projects?

Do you love these? Actually, civil engineering has evolved the field of construction and there is no discrimination between girls and boys. Definitely challenging but nothing is like it.

“My kind suggestion to you or anyone planning their career is Plan it according to your abilities and your interests, don’t kill them cause of the challenges you have to face.”

“So, if you have the right attitude and strong will power just join this branch and prove to this world that girls are no less than boys and can-do wonders if provided with right kind of opportunities” 

Dispel any thought that women in the field are either not respected, or that it is difficult to become a woman civil engineer working in the field. simply not true!!! Large contractors these days are actively seeking young women engineers whom they can employ, teach, and move into their management positions. It is not just about gender diversity, but the fact that women offer and contribute to the team from different perspectives, thus making the team stronger and better posed to completing the project on time and on budget. Owners, too, are employing more and more women engineers and those designing and constructing projects are also actively involving their women engineers in the field. I have been in the construction industry for 32 years and LOVE IT!! I would highly encourage you to do the same. Institute, getting certified as a Project Management Professional. There are so many opportunities out there for you. But be sure to always learn. Continuing education and certification is very important to your career and you want to continue to do this as well as volunteer for leadership positions within your local professional societies. I wish you the best of luck!

Motivational approach

This question has been raised again and again whether girls should do civil engineering or not? I am still not able to understand why people think girls are not suitable for civil engineering. In fact, in my opinion girls can and should do civil engineering. Many people say Civil engineering is field engineering and girls would have difficult time in working with labor class and would face numerous other site problems. But why those people forget that civil engineering is not limited to only field engineering, in fact it is one of the broadest fields of engineering. Girls can opt for office jobs like analysis, designing, tendering, managing projects and many other office jobs.

So, if you think you have the will power to enter this male dominant engineering, just do it. Don’t let others decide your future, if you want to be a civil engineer just go for it. In future you surely can opt for off-site jobs if you think on-site jobs are a bit difficult due to surroundings or circumstances. In other words, whenever you see or read about any popular landmark in the world (iconic works like Golden Gate Bridge, The Gateway of India, Burj Khalifa, etc.), there is a civil engineer involved in its construction. Isn’t it interesting!

On a personal note, I did my civil engineering and, in my class, also we had 3 girls who opted for civil engineering. Two out of three are well placed in office jobs where as third one has opted for a project management in construction diploma. So, if you have the right attitude and strong will power just join this branch and prove to this world that girls are no less than boys and can-do wonders if provided with right kind of opportunities.

“The profession demands excellent skills for both administration and supervision of projects. Excellence and responsibility are important factors associated with the job.”

It all comes down to you as a civil engineer of what path u want to take to grow your career. I will list out what are the positions the girls I have come across been put up:

  • Site architect engineer
  • Site inspector
  • QA/QC engineer
  • Structural inspector
  • Project coordinator
  • Project managers
  • Girls can opt for office jobs like
  • Analysis
  • Designing
  • Tendering
  • Costing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Project Contracts management & administration.

“Women are much more proactive then us, stop putting a vagabond on their career path.”      

Nowadays, many big companies are looking for young women engineers, like you, for training and further management positions. Let’s agree, we can do wonders with multitasking.  

“It is not just about gender diversity, but the fact that women offer and contribute to the team from different perspectives. Thus, making the team stronger and better posed to completing the project on time and on budget” .

There are several fields in this branch, which will offer maximum scope. These include:

Designing

For finding a designing career in civil engineering, excellent academic record and experience is important. Knowledge of civil engineering software such as AutoCAD, Staad Pro, AutoTum, and Topo CAD makes you more employable.

Construction

“Being a civil engineer, working on site irrespective of the time and condition, I strongly suggest if that’s your interest go ahead opportunities are great, let your passion live.”

Job as a project or construction engineer offers career opportunities in construction field, including road and industrial construction. It is considered a challenging job and includes execution of mega projects at different levels.

Planning

If you possess excellent planning skills, choosing a career in planning or project management is a good option. Planning engineers find huge demand in construction companies. Knowledge of software such as MS Project and Primavera can be helpful in this field.

Final word

We hope that this article helped you about scope of Civil Engineering for girls.

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