Civil engineering refers to the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, so this includes everything from roads to bridges, canals, dams, and buildings. It’s a very popular form of engineering and many students go directly into civil engineering after their studies. A big part of the job is improving existing infrastructures that have been neglected, whilst also protecting the public and of course environmental health. If you’re considering training to be a civil engineer, it’s important to think more about the particular industry that you’d like to work in, whether that is roads, canals or buildings. In most cases, a civil engineer will pick an area of expertise and run with it. That said, those who are working for government agencies may practice across multiple areas, especially where development and maintenance are concerned. Would civil engineering be a career you’re interested in?