Undergraduate Major Details

Civil Engineering

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Civil Engineering major is in the College of Engineering.

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The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
CEA C'E' Ars and Fides
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
CP Construction West
Kiewit Ingrastructure West Co.
San Francisco Department of Public Works
Sierra Club
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Picnic Day
UC Davis Student Housing
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
US Department of the Interior - Bureau of Reclamation
Whiting Turner
Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District
Yolo-Solano County Air Quality Management District

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 164 54 32.9%
2013-14 170 43 25.3%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 35.8% 34.0% 20.8% 9.4%
2013-14 52.4% 21.4% 23.8% 2.4%
2014-15 44.0% 28.0% 28.0% 0.0%
2015-16 52.6% 29.5% 14.1% 3.8%
2016-17 33.3% 37.5% 25.0% 4.2%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Abercrombie and Fitch Entry Level Engineer
Accenture Analyst
Airserv Assistant
Alta Vista Solutions Staff Engineer
Avs Entry Level Engineer
California Air Resources Board Air Resources Technician II
California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Technician II
Carlson, Barbee and Gibson Inc Associate Engineer
Carlson, Barbee and Gibson Inc Project Engineer
ChevronTexaco Compliance Assurance Specialist
City of San Carlos Civil Engineer
City of San Jose Engineer
City of Sausalito Assistant Engineer
Collins Engineering Engineer I
Conco Construction Reinforcing Concrete Detailer
Crunchyroll Inc. ECommerce Purchasing Manager/Convention Lead
Homelegance, Inc. Information Technology Technician
Insight Global Analyst
KEH & Associates Associate Engineer
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Civil Engineering Assistant
McGrath Electric Inc. Project Engineer
Pacific Gas and Electric Company Project Specialist
RGA Design Designer/Drafter
Schlumberger Field Engineer Trainee
Skanska Project Engineer
SMUD Associate Civil Engineer
SZS Consulting Group Field Engineer
Tom's Metals Project Engineer
Trinity Consultants, Inc. Consultant
Union Pacific Railroad Engineer
University of California, Davis Data Analyst
VSCE Inc Field Engineer
Water Works Engineers Staff Engineer
WRECO Engineering Intern
WSP Global Entry Level Engineer

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $51,571 $50,500
2013-14 $57,705 $58,000
2014-15 $51,571 $58,000
2015-16 $60,852 $58,000
2016-17 $66,571 $73,000