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Pursuing a Ph.D. 

Deciding to pursue a graduate degree, particularly a Ph.D., is a big decision that should be taken seriously. While your primary reason for pursuing further studies should probably be to expand your knowledge base and work in a discipline you are passionate about, at the same time it is reasonable to ask what the future might hold for you in terms of a career. Most people think that pursuing a Ph.D. is setting the track for an academic position as a professor at a university. In the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences we currently have around 90 Ph.D. students at any given time and while several do pursue further academic interests post-Ph.D., not all do. So a natural question is: where do our graduates end up?

Post-Ph.D.

Based on recent graduation statistics, short term, about two thirds of our graduating Ph.D. students continue in some sort of academic research position.

  • 50% work as postdoctoral research scholars at universities and government research labs
  • 8% retain adjunct faculty positions
  • 8% retain assistant professorships
  • Remaining students typically pursue successful careers in industry (e.g. consulting, the insurance sector, structural engineering, hydrogeology, water management, staff geologist) the nonprofit sector (museums and charitable organizations) or government, including military.

Graduate Career Resources

Graduate Career Services can help you prepare for your career beyond Notre Dame, whether you wish to remain in academics or explore options in business, government, or the nonprofit sector. A Graduate Career Consultant can help you:

  • Explore career options and create a plan for each option
  • Develop your career skills and capabilities
  • Provide feedback and strategies on building your professional presence
  • Network and engage with employers and alumni
  • Navigate the job search process

 

Companies that hire Notre Dame graduates

Some of the companies that employ Notre Dame CEEES students include: AbonmarcheAECOM,Anning JohnsonARCO/MurrayBohler EngineeringChicago Bridge and IronClark ConstructionEnfocusExxonMobilGEHazen and SawyerKenrich GroupKiewitLanganMicrosoftPacific Gas & ElectricParsons CorporationReyes GroupSkanskaTetra TechTroyer GroupTurner ConstructionWalsh GroupWalt Disney World and more. 

 

Engineering career websites:

 

Quick Facts: Civil Engineers

2016 Median Pay

$83,540 per year 
$40.16 per hour

Entry-Level Education

Bachelor’s degree

Number of Jobs, 2014

281,400

Job Outlook, 2014-24

8% (As fast as average)

Employment Change, 2014-24

23,600

                             

Quick Facts: Environmental Engineers

2016 Median Pay

$84,890 per year 
$40.81 per hour

Entry-Level Education

Bachelor’s degree

Number of Jobs, 2014

55,100

Job Outlook, 2014-24

12% (Faster than average)

Employment Change, 2014-24

6,800

              

Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/civil-engineers.htm