Covid-19 pandemic has changed the academic sector greatly in different aspects, like teaching-learning process, student engagement, evaluation methodology, students’ placement activities etc. During pandemic, rapid changes in job market created certain fear in the minds of budding Engineers; job opportunities started getting restricted to some extent. After the third wave of pandemic, the situation is getting improved now and we are again moving towards “Normal” life from the “New normal”. The job opportunities are getting rejuvenated in Core Engineering sector again.
Now, directly moving to discuss about the topic, I need to throw some light on the post pandemic career opportunities after completing B. Tech in Civil Engineering. Lots of opportunities are getting regenerated after pandemic times in industrial sectors, consultancy, research and development sectors in Civil Engineering domain. After getting B. Tech degree, a fresher Civil Engineer can be employed in industries as structural designing engineering or a detailing engineer; employment opportunities are there in construction fields as site engineer or geotechnical engineer; students can have analytical jobs in the areas like Quality control in concrete, Soil laboratory etc. Besides these common job opportunities, a newer trend is developing in India to work on Environmental fields. Civil Engineering is a well-known trade which includes Environmental Engineering as an important subject in B. Tech curriculum. Lots of career options are coming out for a fresher Civil Engineer after studying Environmental Engineering during a B. Tech Civil Engineering program.
Environmental Engineering is a burning topic now in the whole world. In India also, the term is getting more relevant day by day. It is the engineering trade which deals with the Environment, Sustainability and Mother Earth. It is related to every moment of our lives as we breathe, drink, live and react in the environment. Poor ambient air quality in metro cities, contamination of river water, excessive noise pollution are clearly showing that without suitable engineering approaches against environmental pollution our future generation will not survive contentedly. That is why the need to adopt Environmental Engineering practices is becoming popular and unavoidable in today’s society. Environmental issues like Global warming, Ozone Layer Depletion, Green House Gas emissions, Climate change are being highlighted very frequently nowadays; and such issues are making the Government and non-government sectors to think about its possible solutions to move towards a green and sustainable future. Such sustainable thoughts are in fact creating enormous job opportunities for Civil Engineering students. Various research activities are emerging to solve global environmental concerns; product developments are also being going on in a wide scale to solve our day-to-day problems related to environment. Such a trade can easily attract the scholars to work in the field of Environment to achieve a sustainable future for mankind. A fresher Civil Engineer is having a broad opening to work in such a field, because the Civil Engineers create and build important elements of the society which needs to be sustainable. From Building construction to Road making, from Water treatment plant construction to design of sanitation system, from Green building to Air pollution control, all are the parts of a society. A Civil Engineer can be involved in all of these and today the thinking of sustainability needs to be adopted in all these. So, the knowledge and skill achieved by studying Environmental Engineering can surely widen the career path of all Civil Engineering degree holders and improve the placement statistics in academic sector to a great extent.
Let’s have some clear understanding about the scope of Civil Engineering students in Environmental jobs. In India, the job opportunities are increasing in environmental domain in recent years. In industries, environmental engineers are required to look into all environmental management related works. Such environmental management works includes water quality monitoring, ambient air quality monitoring, noise level monitoring, Waste management and other statutory requirements based on types of industries. A B. Tech Civil Engineering student can acquire detailed knowledge about the mentioned domain through M. Tech Course in Environmental Engineering, which can even broaden the employment opportunities directly to the industries for Environmental Management positions. Contaminated site management is another scope to work in industries. In certain containment area design, which requires sound environmental knowledge, Civil Engineers can take part in industries. Say for example, in Power plants huge quantity of fly ash gets generated and stored in Containment areas, which needs to be properly designed, constructed, modified and monitored. Civil Engineering plays the major role in such activities to ensure zero environmental pollution from such Ash storage areas. For starting a new industrial project certain norms to be addressed by the Project Engineers; in such cases Civil Engineers with sound environmental knowledge can participate in consultation with environmental experts. In all the steps of Civil Engineering Projects in Industries, environmental regulation should be kept in mind. So, environmentally sound construction is the future for the Civil Engineers to achieve a green and sustainable future.
Besides industrial sectors, environmental engineering knowledge can help civil engineers in many other areas and can make them relevant and essential in various public and private projects. Such projects may be solely depending on the skills of civil engineers for upgrading infrastructure and the environment in a society. For planning, designing, and constructing environmental pollution controlling systems, storm water drainage systems, water treatment plants, water distribution systems, Sewage treatment processes, Civil engineers play the important role to enhance the quality of life and to maintain environmental quality and public health aspects. In all the stages of such projects, impacts on environment and society should be taken into consideration and from planning to execution Civil engineers need to show environmental quality control approach. In laboratories, Civil engineers can work as environmental analysts with suitable eligibility criteria. In Government sectors, Assistant Engineer and Scientists positions are available specifically in Environmental domain under Pollution Control Boards. In private, Civil Engineering students can go for consultancy jobs which are specifically related to Environmental system designs. Rain water harvesting is a burning area where Civil engineers can easily prosper for their future. Green Building is also an emerging concept where Civil Engineers can get directly absorbed. Green Buildings are planned, designed, executed and maintained in a way which environmentally harmless to ensure reduced environmental impacts with resource-efficient thoughts. Certain Certifications can also help the Civil engineers to grow further in Green Building construction. So, lots of career opportunities are available in Environmental domain after completing B. Tech in Civil Engineering and going forward with suitable higher studies on Environment.
That’s all from my side! I hope this will help you to get a clear view about the possible career opportunities available in Environmental Engineering fields after studying Civil Engineering in B. Tech Course.
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