Civil Engineers (17-2051)

Occupation description:  Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems. Includes architectural, structural, traffic, ocean, and geo-technical engineers. Excludes Hydrologists (19-2043).

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2012 estimate2022 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 849910 7.26 1723
United States 272,900326,600 19.75,370 6,64012,010

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.


2013 Wages

  Mean Wage and
95% Confidence Interval
Wage by Percentile
  LowMeanHigh 10thMedian90th
United States n/a41.17n/a 24.9138.8360.67
Alaska 45.9947.2948.59 32.3146.4864.32
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area (MSA) 45.3147.0648.81 30.8945.8964.20
Fairbanks North Star Borough (MSA) 42.2644.9047.54 33.6244.3057.22
Southeast Region 46.9348.8450.75 33.4048.4166.72
Balance of State 47.2950.6754.05 37.6951.1367.11

Labor Force Indicators

2012 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
74772 9.646.6 36.7
2012 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation127
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation56
UI claimants previously working in occupation39
2012 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 281
Number of job position postings 256
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 1.1

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska Computer Business Solutions LLC   (Anchorage)
AutoCAD 2013 Essentials
AutoCAD 2014 Advanced
AutoCAD 2014 Beyond the Basics
AutoCAD 2014 Essentials
AutoCAD 2014 Update from 2012/2013
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Fundamentals
AutoCAD Civil 3D Surveyors
Drafting and Design Technology Program

 Degree
Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
North Slope Training Cooperative

 Degree
Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Hydrogen Sulfide - H2S
Petroleum Technician - ER06
Petroleum Workers Safety and Health - S05
Unescorted Module - NSTC01

 Degree
Arctic Safety Training and Consulting   (Kenai)
Petrochemical Health and Safety Certificate
Petrochemical Health and Safety Refresher

 Degree
Beacon OHSS   (Anchorage)
North Slope Training Cooperative Certificate

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
EPA/AHERA Project Design Certificate
EPA/AHERA Project Design Refresher Certificate
NSTC 6 PACK & H2S Module Certificate

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Industrial Safety, Level 1 Certificate

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
NSTC - North Slope Training Cooperative w/H2S
NSTC 2010 ASH Update
NSTC Confined Space Entry
NSTC Energy Isolation
NSTC Fall Protection
NSTC Respiratory Protection
NSTC Unescorted
PEC Basic Orientation
PEC Core Compliance

 Degree
Nu-Solutions Consulting   (Anchorage)
Administration of Oracle Primavera P6, Course 106-A Certificate
Advanced Project Management in Oracle Primavera P6, Course 106-P Certificate
Advanced Project Modeling and Estimating, Class E201 Certificate
Essentials of Project Modeling and Estimating, Class E101 Certificate
Hybrid Primavera P6 102 for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Projects
Oracle Primavera Contract Management, Course 201 Certificate
Project Management in Oracle Primavera P6, Course 102 Certificate
Project Management in Oracle Primavera Web Access, Course 101 Certificate
Resource Management in Oracle Primavera P6, Course 106-R Certificate
Resource Management in Oracle Primavera Web Access, Course 107 Certificate
Scheduling in Oracle Primavera P6 and Contractor for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Projects Certificate

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Civil Engineering BS
Civil Engineering MCE
Civil Engineering MS
Earthquake Engineering GCRT
Engineering Management MS
Geographic Information Sys CT1
Science Management MS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Civil Engineering BS
Civil Engineering MCE
Civil Engineering MS
Engineering Management MS
Science Management MS

 Degree
University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
North Slope Training Consortium (NTSC)

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Drafting with AutoCAD

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Civil Engineering in Alaska (April 2011)

Engineer Shortage: Myth vs. Reality (November 1983)