Sample 1 - State of California

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Civil Engineers
(SOC Code : 17-2051)
in California

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, water and sewage systems, and waste disposal units. Include architectural, structural, traffic, ocean, and geo-technical engineers. Exclude "Hydrologists" (19-2043).

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Bachelor's degree .

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Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20141st Qtr$47.32$38.22$46.66$55.44

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2010 - 202037,20041,9004,70012.61,230

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Geotechnical EngineerDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
www.bpelsg.ca.gov
Civil EngineerDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
www.bpelsg.ca.gov
Traffic EngineerDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
www.bpelsg.ca.gov
Structural EngineerDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
www.bpelsg.ca.gov

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Architectural and Engineering Services 22,87639.2%
Nonresidential Building Construction 16,1944.1%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 30,0543.9%
Colleges and Universities 2,3171.4%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Civil Engineering, General
Civil Engineering, Other
Construction Engineering
Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
Structural Engineering

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Manage and direct staff members and the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at project site.
Provide technical advice regarding design, construction, or program modifications and structural repairs to industrial and managerial personnel.
Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.
Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project feasibility.
Test soils or materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt, or steel.
Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications.
Plan and design transportation or hydraulic systems and structures, following construction and government standards, using design software and drawing tools.
Analyze survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, and other topographical or geologic data to plan projects.
Prepare or present public reports on topics such as bid proposals, deeds, environmental impact statements, or property and right-of-way descriptions.
Direct or participate in surveying to lay out installations or establish reference points, grades, or elevations to guide construction.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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Alternate Titles
Bridge Engineers; City Engineers; Design Engineers; Project Engineers
 
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