I already have a Bachelors and Masters degree in somewhat related fields and I am in my mid 30s. But that was another topic I already posted.
What I would like to ask is I have a career path planned out which my new degree might help me attain. Can Civil Eng professionals tell me how realistic this might be?
My interests in Civ E are in order: land development, transportation engineering, structural.
Once I graduate, I hope I can get a job paying ~ 45 to 50 K doing one of the above within a year of graduation. Hopefully my prior experience in a related field (10 years Env. Consulting) can me up to 50K.
I plan to get my PE after 4 years, in which time I would like to be in land development or transportation engineering. I have a Planning degree, and I hope that helps in that area. After I get my PE, and a few more years experience (say 8-10 total), I hope to be making in the ballpark of 70K.
I realize I might not be able to get a job in the exact civil discipline I want, but I think I would be happy doing one of the three above, particularly the first two. I would rather not do environmental.
How realistic are the salaries listed (non-inflation)? I am a hard worker but I do not have much interest in being upper management. If the jobs required more than 50 hours a week on a regular basis, that would also be a negative.
I would also hope that I'd be able to find a job in an area where I would like to live (NJ/NY, Boston, Seattle, CA) and would be able to find another job when/if I got laid off without TOO much trouble. Oh yeah, and the salaries I listed would be applicable for the cities listed above.
I think these expectations are somewhat reasonable. Any opinions?
Edited by jobaba, 12 September 2011 - 06:47 PM.