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So give this a try: picture yourself on top of the tallest building in the largest city you can think of ... or maybe circling it in a helicopter?  What do you see? Bridges. Roads. City parks. Office and apartment buildings. Hospitals. Water treatment facilities or hydroelectric plants? Levees, tunnels, subways, or elevated trains? Is there a wind farm off in the distance? Or a lake?

Everything you see is the result, directly or indirectly, of the work of a civil or environmental engineer or earth scientist. Everything.

Civil and environmental engineers and earth scientists impact lives on a daily basis. They serve locally, nationally, or globally in industry, government, academia. They work as researchers in laboratories or as consultants. They — you as a civil or environmental engineer or earth scientist — can do anything. Your career path is up to you.

In addition to being a pretty cool way to make a living, you probably want to know if there will be a job for you after you finish college. The answer is yes. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth for civil engineers and earth scientists to be above 19% through 2020, and above 21 percent for environmental engineers. That's great news for internships and full-time employment opportunities.

But don't take our word for it. Check out our Personal Stories page to learn more about our students and graduates. They are doing some pretty incredible things, everything from teaching math or science to designing high rises.

And, don't forget about Meet Me Explorations , when you can see for yourself some of the things on and around campus that have been influenced by civil and environmental engineers and earth scientists.

For more information about careers in civil & environmental engineering & earth sciences, visit our main Careers Ahead page.