Is Civil Engineering a Good Major? | Does Civil Engineering have a good future? | 1% Engineer Ep 042

Is Civil Engineering a Good Major? | Does Civil Engineering have a good future? | 1% Engineer Ep 042

Are you wondering if civil engineering has
a good future? It is a good situation for you leading forward.? In this video we’re talking about three key
reasons why I believe it is the case coming up right now. Hey 1% nation, I’m Jake Voorhees and you were
watching Episode 042 of the 1 % Engineer show. Where empower young engineers to rise to the
top 1% of their career. If you’re a young engineer, make sure you
subscribe, because I release videos three times per week on engineering success. And if you have a specific question about
succeeding in engineering. Comment below and I can make you a video just
on that. All of you know I myself am a civil engineer
and I’m going to weigh in on this topic and a lot of this video has to do with what just
happened in the United States last weekend. Hurricane Harvey smashed into the Houston
metropolitan area creating ridiculous amounts of damage and affecting literally millions
of people. And that is reason number one why I believe
civil engineering has a good future. Natural disasters will always plague our major
cities no matter where we are in the world. And we will have to repair and maintain our
infrastructure for ever. Even if we see no more population growth and
no more advanced technologies into infrastructure and buildings and bridges and theirs and everything
like this we will still need to repair. We will still need to maintain and we cannot
control what happens via hurricanes and mudslides and tornadoes and forest fires they will always
always destroy the stuff we have built because Mother Nature is a ridiculous force of energy
and there is no way to avoid it. And I do want to talk a lot about Harvey and
the engineering ramifications that a storm that an event like this has on our country
on our cities like Houston. Most of the Houston area received over 40
inches of rain and in some cumulation areas fifty two inches of rainfall. We’re talking about the greatest storm that
Texas has ever seen. And Harvey has set records for the most precipitation
a cyclone has ever dumped on the contiguous United States ever. Seventeen thousand rescues were made. Over 30000 people were displaced from their
homes and over 60 people have died so far. It is a tragic tragic very very sorry event. I cannot believe what has happened there in
Houston. So my prayers go out to all the families all
the people who have been affected by this. I do know some engineers who are actually
living in Houston right there. My buddy Max Schmidt is safe and well so I’m
so so happy. I’ve been thinking of him this entire time. And hats off to all of you. Engineers down there in Texas. And Martin and Fernando symbiotes you guys
are down there you’re not in the Houston area but you are in Texas and I know you’re doing
everything you can to raise funds and support the area. So thank you guys for that. But the reason why this is very significant
for this video is that it’s not just Houston that is seeing crazy flooding right now or
the rest of the summer here in 2017. Bangladesh and India the death count is now
up to 12 hundred people due to flooding this year. Nigeria has seen a displacement of about 100000
people. Nepal has had. Eighty thousand homes damaged and around 140
deaths. Sierra Leone has seen mudslides that have
killed over 500 people this summer. So it’s not just Texas guys all around the
world we are seeing insane natural disasters. I’m not going to start talking about global
warming. I’m not going to start talking about designs
to prevent these. What I do want to talk about is the fact that
civil engineers and engineers in general are required to repair and maintain this infrastructure. So I really do believe that me as a civil
engineer and job security is strong because of this we’re always going to have to clean
up what Mother Nature has done. We’re always going to have to fix the things
so this alone natural disasters is a massive massive reason why we’re always going to need
people like me around people like civil engineers. All of you 1 percent civil engineers so I
believe that the industry is strong. So that’s the main purpose for this video
to talk about Harvey and to talk about yes in this huge tragedy we do see death and I
am very sorry to witness this but engineers have to go and clean up the rubble and fix
things and get society back to normal and fix these roads and with the support of FEMA
save as many people’s homes as we possibly can and continue to save as many people’s
lives as we possibly can. But we have to clean up dust ourselves off
and rebuild. And that’s where the engineers come in. We will see a huge amount of projects bikes
and infrastructure development in that area. So we just need to get back to work. The second reason why civil engineering has
a strong future is that we see about 80 million new people on this planet each year we’re
growing at about 1.1 percent. Population growth per year on the planet is
peaking and about 1960s we’re talking post-World War II era when things were positive in the
world and money was flowing very freely. But still we’re adding 80 million people per
year. So more buildings more roads more cars more
jobs more everything has to occur. So we will continually have to build. And this means more for civil engineers which
is job security guys and resume are three was civil engineering has a good future is
that we’re always coming out with new technologies new procedures new ways of producing steel
and concrete blocks in our 3-D printing buildings and things like this. So we are constantly in this perpetual cycle
of things falling into obsolescence things becoming older and we need to use new techniques
we need to use new technologies we need to deploy new ways of creating bridges and creating
buildings. So we’re constantly in a situation where we
need to sweep away old techniques and gradually build better buildings better bridges better
infrastructure in general. So not only do we have population growth not
only do we have crazy natural disasters that destroy things and we have to rebuild. We’re always looking for opportunities to
build things better than before. So it will be stronger safer last longer and
everything like this guys. So those are the top three reasons why civil
engineering has a good future. If you’re a civil engineer or you’re an engineer
in general comment below and let me know what you think about this video what you agree
with what you disagree with. And if you like this video guys if you’re
a young engineer make sure you subscribe because I release videos three times per week for
engineering students success. Thanks for watching the 1% engineer show guys
stay hungry on your quest on the water.


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    Jake Voorhees

    What do you guys think about the destruction from Harvey and Irma and it's impacts on engineering careers? Cheers!

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    AF Math & Engineering

    Love the video buddy! There will always be a need for Civil Engineers! Also, thoughts go out to everyone affected by the Houston disaster.

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    You are way too close to the camera, your nose becomes too prominent and it becomes awkward to watch. In my case, your video becomes a podcast.

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    Michael Brown

    Hey Jake, another nice vid, what do you think about making a video on how to network and build useful relationships,? I know its a hugely important part of industry and everyone talks about networking",but I am still somewhat unsure about the process and timeline of networking to job searching. Thanks!

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    Moises Perez

    Hi Jake, thanks for this video. I am a Civil Engineering major at my community college but I am also greatly interested in majoring in Architecture. Since you spoke about the demand for Civil Engineers who will need to design new buildings, do you think there will demand for Architects and Architectural Designers?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Hey Jake I want to study civil engineering with a concentration in enviornmental engineering, however when I reserched this career field online I seen alot of people saying you get paid salary so you dont get overtime while working alot of hours. How true is this? Work life balance is important to me so this is discouraging

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    Jess Late

    What do civil engineers actually do? By that I mean what do you do day to day at work. I am in second year civil engineering and its still not clear exactly what the job entails. I know there is planning and designs (do you spend all day drafting plans?) or is it lots of meetings with other engineers and business people etc.. ?

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    Giga Katamadze

    Hey, loved your video. I have a question about engineering branches. i have to choose between electrical engineering and civil engineering. which one should i choose? which one has a brighter future?

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    Hey jake . Can u become an architect and a civil engineer at the same time . ? I'm a civil engineer , but I'm really interested in studying architecture . Will it be a waste of time for me to study architecture instead of looking for a job ?

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    Chelsea Rustik

    Although the job has become more secure. Does that mean more people are going to become civil engineers? Meaning harder competition for us.

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    Fahad samadi

    Hi i am studying civil engineering in china its so hard to understand i need ur suggestion and also i need books about base of civil engineering

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    Gabriel Andy Fono

    i like this video because it helps me to think about my career but i got some question because i am 26 years old and i wanna study civil engennering .am i old or can i keep up my projects?

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    Jake, I just started my career in civil engineering although I graduated almost 8 years ago. Most of what I do is stormwater drainage design and I was wondering if you've interviewed anyone else who does similar work. Also, wanted to know your thoughts on Trump's infrastructure plans and how that could potentially affect the industry, as well as pay for civil engineers. thanks!

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    Phoenix Floyd

    Hi Jake! I have a question for you, this engineering offers different branches which is awesome, but…which one do you think is the best paid at the moment and in the future? And which is more suitable for the sustainable development/renewable energy field? Thanks in advance♥ n.n

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    Uzumaki Kuroko

    Hey Jake! I am entering college next month and decided to major in civil engineering. I don’t really know if civil engineering is right for me or is it really what I like, but I’ve always envisioned myself as a civil engineer since I was in elementary. I am not really good at presentation or talking in a group. And sometimes I stutter and run out of English since it is my second language, do you think they will judge me for that?
    Also, is it true that if you did not go to a university or just went to a technical college(which is my plan, but just for 2 years then transfer to a university), it would be hard for you to get hired? Or companies look more of whether you have a license or not and what degree do you have? Thank you for the video btw, I find it very helpful☺️ Looking forward to your response😉

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    Marat Bakhtygerey

    Hello are you reading comments? I asked you about Master of Civil Engineering before university what skills or information I Should know???

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    Daniel Grutta

    For your second point, where would we put this infrastructure? There would be less land available. Would everything just be high rise?

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    Dr. Cancer

    Okay I'm currently a junior in high school and I'll be going to college soon and my favorite subject is math, but I'm not that good in science and English ( I can get good grades in those areas but I don't enjoy them as much) so far I've taken Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, currently taking Ap stats(confusing as hell but the math is really easy) & Math analysis (pre-calc) & next year I'll be taking Ap calc & I might take ap computer Science but I find it really boring so I most likely won't (sorry if I offend anyone) . Math is my favorite subject but I really see no point in majoring in math just to end up like a teacher when all I want to do is get payed to do math(what I enjoy).One of my teachers keeps telling me I should major in math or is some type of engineering. Aerospace sounds cool but I do not know if I'll actually like it because well it sounds cool, but since I've heard civil engineering has the most math maybe this one is right for me? I would really appreciate your opinion because so far when i apply to colleges I'm either thinking of business administration/accounting/marketing (but I feel like that math is too basic), aerospace engineering or civil engineering, or we'll just math, but what can I do with that besides being a teacher? I would really like to know what type of math you do in civil engineering and well if you can give me a few tips on what I should consider for college.

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    Ryan Cartel

    Hi Jake! I am entering college this next school year but I'm a bit confused about which I will choose, whether Civil Engineering or Electrical Engineering. Currently, I live in Philippines and a scholar of Dept of Science and Tech. Which one is worthy and have high demand of jobs here in Phil. and Overseas? Thank You in advance😊

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    meryeme ridouane

    hi jack I am merry , student in preparatory class in Morocco and i want to do genie civil in China, what is your opinion or your Suggestion
    I am very interested and hope you will answer me

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    Maitrayan Ghosh Roy

    Yes definately civil engineering demand will increase, but due to advancement of softwares and AI, demand of human engineers will decrease

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    Cody Bishop

    You need the golden gloves for hand work like that 🥊

    Also thank you for the time and work you’ve spent to provide us with these videos. Fist bump 🤜🏻🤛🏻

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    Taimoor Hassan

    I've got admission in NUST (Pakistan) in Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering but I am confused to choose one of them. Kindly guide me with respect to future scope. Thank you for your time.
    Regards: Taimoor Hassan.

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    RAM freestyle

    How much salary do civil engineers per month? Im asking because i want to become an civil engineer like you☺️❤️

    Liked and subscribed

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