India has some of the best engineering projects

  • Proyashi Barua, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 29, 2015 18:00 IST

While choosing any career or specialisation one needs to be adequately informed about the job prospects it has. So what are the opportunities available for civil engineers? And what are the approximate starting salaries? “Today India is witnessing an unprecedented scale of urbanisation. Since there are several big and small construction projects coming up there is a lot of scope for civil engineers. And the trends are not any different globally,” says Murugan.

In terms of civil engineering projects, she says, India is not just at par, but probably better than developed countries. “You can do various projects so that’s a great thing for freshers. However, things are not so great in terms of salaries. The problem stems from the fact that there are too many people fighting for the same job. Moreover, since the Indian rupee is not very strong as far as the currencies of the developed world are concerned, civil engineers starting their careers in India are invariably at a financial disadvantage when compared to most of their global peers”.

However, this is no reason to despair as one can improve one’s employment prospects by studying for an additional degree. “I think it is an excellent idea for civil engineers to pursue a management degree. I did my post-graduate diploma in advanced construction management at the National Institute of Construction Management and Research, Pune. In my brief experience, I have found that engineers often have the technical knowledge but lack the presentation skills to make their point and management skills needed to keep projects on track. This makes them hesitant as far as prompt decision-making is concerned. People working with and under them at times don’t respect them and try to take them for a ride. Hence, the perfect project manager for a construction site is someone who has both skill sets – a civil engineer with a management degree,” says Murugan.

The industry has also started to realise this and there is a huge demand for this combination. Also, this combination opens up other avenues like real estate sales, valuations, contract administration and arbitration, among others. Teaching and research avenues are also available for engineering students, says Murugan.

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