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  • 1.  Career Advice

    Posted 10-10-2017 03:27 PM


    I am pursuing BTech Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.I am planning to do Master of Science in Fall 2019.

    My field area is Wastewater Management & that's why I am planning to do Master of Science in Environmental Engineering.

    I wanted to know what are the job opportunities available after doing MS.Also, is Environmental Engineering good choice?

    Any help from anyone will be appreciated.


    Shivshant Tripathi S.M.ASCE
    Guwahati AS

  • 2.  RE: Career Advice

    Posted 10-11-2017 10:55 AM
    I think your choice of fields is admirable.  There will always be positions in Wastewater Engineering, as we continue to produce waste.  I think the master's degree is a good choice.  However, one thing to keep in mind is while we are focusing on learning the technical aspects of the field, don't forget to apply good-old common sense and problem solving.  I have known many engineers right out of school can do calculations, but they can't apply the knowledge to an actual problem and actually think through what needs to be done.  Good luck in your schooling.

    Angela Hintz P.E., M.ASCE
    Senior Environmental Engineer
    Buffalo NY

  • 3.  RE: Career Advice

    Posted 10-11-2017 02:58 PM
    Dear Shivshant Tripathi:

    I think that you are asking the wrong question.  Before you ask us what job opportunities are available, you need to ask yourself what you want to do.  

    Do you want to do calculations?
    Do you wish to interact with clients?
    Do you wish to be an individual working on a project or would you rather be part of a big team?
    Do you want to spend time in the field, or would you prefer to spend most of your time in the office.
    I am sure that there are a whole lot of other questions that you could ask.

    These are the questions that will lead to the answer to most of your questions.

    Wastewater engineering includes:
    Plant design - for this you will probably be part of a big team, and you will interact with people a lot.  Your part on the first few projects will be small.
    Plant operation - for this you will be part of a big team, you will generally work for an agency, and you will not communicate often outside your team.  
    System design/rehab - for this you will be part of a small team.  There will be lots of opportunities to get to know your clients, and get to know how to market, and who to market to.  This one also could send you down the land development route if you want to expand your role a bit.  This could be work all over the developing world.
    System operation/maintenance - lots of outside work here, you will be responsible to construct/reconstruct systems, and work a lot with contractors.  With ageing infrastructure around the world, there is lots of work here.

    This does not even include the whole rest of the environmental engineering fields of storm water, water reuse, water reduction, and the associated plants and distribution systems which also often fall under the management of a wastewater engineering degree.

    Good Luck.

    Dwayne Culp, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng, M.ASCE
    Culp Engineering, LLC
    Richmond TX

  • 4.  RE: Career Advice

    Posted 10-11-2017 02:59 PM
    ​This is precisely the path I pursued originally in my career.  There will always be a great need for professional environmental engineers.  And, it will allow you to branch out into the entire Civil Engineering field in the future, if that becomes appealing to you.  I strongly suggest that you design your curriculum to ensure that you can achieve licensure as a professional engineer as soon as possible after you graduate and achieve the proper amount of experience.  When you eventually pursue licensure, I recommend that you obtain both an environmental and a civil license, if they are both offered in your location.

    Patrick Vasicek P.E., M.ASCE
    Corporate Inspiration
    Bainbridge Island WA