Career possibilities

From construction companies to consultancies and even banks; civil engineers help to resolve social issues everywhere. Therefore, the chance that you'll find a job soon after graduation is high, even in turbulent times. Of course you can also continue your studies or start an academic career as a researcher.

Completing a PhD

Are your interests in the field of research? Then you can turn to the academic side of the field of Civil Engineering. This usually starts with doctoral research, which may or may not be in the same line as your Master's thesis.

Starting work

Would you prefer a more practical application of what you have learned during your training as a civil engineer? Then there are plenty of options. Industry, engineering firms and consultancies, municipal authorities, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), construction companies such as BAM and Dura Vermeer, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management  (Rijkswaterstaat), water boards, universities of technology or universities of applied sciences, banks, property developers; you name it, and civil engineers can be found working there. Because anywhere people live, there is a job to do for civil engineers. Think of major projects such as the Sand Engine (Zandmotor) or the North-South metro line, which require a huge amount of civil engineering knowledge. And, of course, the world is never 'finished'. Circumstances change: the economy, climate, and the demands of society. This means there is always work to be done. Many civil engineers from TU Delft are offered jobs even before they graduate.


Civil engineers hold a wide range of positions, such as structural engineer, project developer, designer, contractor, project manager, consultant, supplier and researcher. As a structural engineer you draw and calculate what the structure (the backbone) of a building should look like. As a designer you come up with feasible buildings, bridges and other civil engineering structures. As a contractor you are responsible for the actual construction. A project manager steers (construction) projects in the right direction and is the main link between the different parties involved. Of course, you can also create and market new products or applications as a supplier, take on an advisory role or conduct research at a knowledge institution or for the government.