Day in the life of a Civil Structural Engineer

What does a Civil Structural Engineer do ?

The main aim of a Structural Engineer is to design structures like buildings, bridges, tunnels, and pipelines to ensure they are safe and will withstand any elements they are exposed to. The work they carry out is often split between the office and on construction sites. The sizes of projects worked on can vary from residential to commercial.

How much do Civil Structural Engineers get paid ?

According to, the average UK salary is from £30,000 with 2 – 3 years experience, rising to £40,000 – £70,000 with increased experience. Of course, there are going to be people out there with jobs higher than that, but that is the average in the UK. But according to Indeed, the average engineer in the United States makes around $85,000 per year. That’s just about £65,000 per year in the UK. So that is quite a big difference.

What skills are needed to become one?

  • Communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Problem solving
  • Good Physics understanding
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong IT skills
  • Strong Maths skills

How do I become a Civil Structural Engineer?

National Careers Service details the different paths into Civil Engineering. Take a look here to see which option would best suit you to start you on the journey.

You’ll normally need a degree if you want to become a structural engineer so this means you will need five GCSEs (A-C) and two to three A levels including maths and science. The most desirable qualifications employers are going to look for are a postgraduate qualification in structural or civil engineering.

If you want to learn more, we highly recommend you check out Prospects UK to learn more.

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