Survey Says: Civil, Environmental Engineers Least Likely to be Underemployed

Want a college degree that actually teaches the skills you need to get a job after graduation?

And how about a profession where workers are in demand and the jobs pay well?

If that’s the case, and you’re a CEE student (or considering becoming one), there’s some good news for you this week. just released results from a survey of 68,000 workers. It found the college majors least likely to lead to underemployment were civil and environmental engineering.

What’s underemployment? Here’s’s explanation:

“Unlike unemployment, which has a pretty clear definition, underemployment could mean a number of things depending on who you ask, including: being paid less than your market worth; toiling at a job that doesn't use your education, training, and skills; or just not logging enough hours to make ends meet.”

That means all those hours CE or EnvE majors spend in class, in the lab, working in groups, studying—it all pays off when it comes time to find a job.

The folks at Payscale noted something else in their survey students will find interesting: those who take time to do research or study abroad or field work while they’re getting their degree will reap dividends in their careers.

“Having a degree is no longer enough to get hired,” according to the site’s report. “Employers are looking for real-world experience, not GPAs.”

Read more in the underemployment report.