Civil Engineers


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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Central, West Central, East Central, North Central, Northeast, Northern Stateline, Northwest, Southeast, Southern, Southwest, Statewide
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Civil Engineers

Civil Engineers - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Nearly half of all civil engineers work in firms that provide engineering services. Another one-third work for federal, state, and local government agencies. Most of these civil engineers work for highway and public works departments.

Civil engineers usually work near major industrial and commercial centers. However, some projects are in remote areas or in foreign countries. In some jobs, civil engineers move from place to place to work on different projects.

Major employers:

  • Engineering firms
  • State, local, and federal government agencies
  • Construction companies

Outlook

Growth for civil engineers will be slower than average. Civil engineers will be needed to rebuild and repair bridges, roads, airports, and other structures. Demand for renewable-energy infrastructure, such as wind farms and solar arrays, will also create demand. However, state and local governments may have a difficult time funding these projects. 

Job opportunities will vary by geographic area. Openings will result from the need to replace civil engineers who retire or leave the field. Those with a graduate degree will have the best prospects.

Civil Engineers (CIS 100038)

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Illinois
10,976
Large
&
8.7%
5.8%
>>>>
908
High
  Champaign Area
155
Large
&
12.9%
7.0%
>>>>
14
High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
124
Large
&
8.9%
5.0%
>>>>
10
Moderate
  Cook County
5,271
Large
&
7.7%
5.6%
>>>>
428
High
  Decatur Area
84
Large
&
13.1%
7.0%
>>>>
7
Moderate
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
351
Large
&
15.4%
9.7%
>>>>
32
High
  Du Page County
1,352
Large
&
6.3%
5.4%
>>>>
107
High
  Edwardsville Area
250
Large
&
8.8%
5.1%
>>>>
21
High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
85
Large
&
10.6%
7.0%
>>>>
7
Moderate
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
88
Medium
&
6.8%
5.2%
>>>>
7
Moderate
  Lake County
548
Large
&
11.3%
8.6%
>>>>
46
High
  McHenry County
157
Large
&
10.2%
6.8%
>>>>
14
High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
122
Large
&
10.7%
6.8%
>>>>
10
Moderate
  Northwest Illinois Area
141
Large
&
6.4%
3.6%
>>>>
11
Moderate
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
438
Large
&
14.2%
7.3%
>>>>
39
High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
122
Large
&
6.6%
4.3%
>>>>
10
Moderate
  Rock Island-Moline Area
170
Large
&
12.4%
5.7%
>>>>
15
High
  Rockford Area
190
Large
&
13.7%
7.6%
>>>>
17
Moderate
  Shawnee National Forest Area
105
Large
&
5.7%
2.4%
>>>>
8
High
  Springfield Area
509
Very large
&
3.9%
4.7%
>>>>
39
High
  St Louis-Belleville Area
312
Large
&
9.0%
6.4%
>>>>
26
High
  Vermilion County
28
Medium
&
7.1%
4.9%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Will County
405
Large
&
15.6%
9.1%
>>>>
37
High
United States
329,200
Large
&
1.7%
3.7%
>>>>
22,900
High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.