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Civil Engineer


Civil engineers are professionals responsible for planning, designing and overseeing construction amd maintenance of building structures and facilities. Such facilities may include railroads, roads, airports, bridges, buildings, harbors, dams, irrigation projects or even sewage systems. Among their responsibilities is to design and analyze structures, to manage project and investigate sites. They usually have to comply with strict regulations anf guideliness and they may have to collaborate with other professionals such as urban planners or constructions managers

Civil engineers are usually required to have certifications such as a bachelor, a master’s degree, or a phD, and they usually have to pursue certifications.

Common tasks 

    TaskRelated trait(s)
    Direct engineering activities, ensuring compliance with environmental, safety, or other governmental regulations. Project Execution Integrity
    Manage and direct the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at project site. Innovative Problem Solving
    Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards. Excellence and Goal Oriented Drive Project Execution
    Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications. Analytical Curiosity and Numeracy
    Provide technical advice to industrial or managerial personnel regarding design, construction, program modifications, or structural repairs.  Understanding others
    Analyze survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, or other topographical or geologic data. Technical and Legal Literacy Analytical Curiosity and Numeracy
    Direct or participate in surveying to lay out installations or establish reference points, grades, or elevations to guide construction. Analytical Curiosity and Numeracy
    Cooperating with other departments and colleagues Rule Adherence and Professional Conduct Compassionate Collaboration 

    Soft skills measured by TraitForward

    TraitNo of QuestionsCronbach’s  alpha (α)
    Do they live up to principles?
    Understanding others80.71
    Do they understand others?
    Persuasive Communication110.84
    Do they express themselves effectively?
    Innovative Problem Solving80.77
    Are they creative problem solvers?
    Aesthetic Sensibility50.78
    Do they know what makes things look nice?
    Technical and Legal Literacy100.79
    Are they effective readers?
    Leadership and Directive Assertiveness90.87
    Can they take charge?
    Excellence and Goal Oriented Drive80.67
    Are they able to set clear goals? Are they able to achieve these goals? How motivated are they to achieve these goals?
    Analytical Curiosity and Numeracy90.74
    Are they numerically literate?
    Project Execution50.72
    Can they multitask? Can they handle demanding workloads?
    Rule Adherence and Professional Conduct90.74
    Do they follow rules?
    Compassionate Collaboration60.75
    Do they like helping other team members?
    Team Cohesion and Inclusivity90.72
    Do they like being included in a group?
    Are they able to handle stress?
    *Cronbach’s alpha coefficient (α) determines the extent to which the questions consistently measure each trait and it is expressed as a number ranging between 0 and 1 . Higher values indicate higher agreement between questions.  A value of α equal to greater than .7 indicates acceptable reliability or internal consistency.  For more information on the psychometric properties of the solution, please click here.

    Did you Know?

    Source: US Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Median wage: 

    $89,940 / per year

    $45 / hour

    A relatively low annual wage is $60,970 (10th percentile)

    A relatively high salary of the annual wage is $138,970 (90th percentile)

    Expected employment growth:

    Number of professionals occupied in US in 2021: 326,300

    Projected number of professionals occupied in US in 2031: 342,500

    Employment percent change: 5,6%

    Find out the psychometric properties for the Civil Engineer Traitforward questionnaire