Career prospects

Initially you may be given less complex projects to work on, but within a few years you’ll take on increasing responsibility for challenging schemes with large financial implications. You may also take responsibility for overseeing the work of other professionals on site.

You could progress by gaining insight into different areas, for example focusing on geotechnical engineering in infrastructure – in areas such as rail, highways and water. Or, you could move into geotechnical engineering in the energy sector, focusing on carbon capture, storage renewable energy, offshore or onshore oil and gas or nuclear power.

If leadership or getting involved in strategic work appeals to you, a management role, head of a department, or even leading a company might be of interest.

The expertise of geotechnical engineers is in demand, as global population increases mean there are ambitions to develop parts of the world affected by natural hazards, such as flooding or earthquakes.

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