Opportunities in the broad spectrum of engineering fields are always in great demand; however, recent developments in everything "green" has brought such demands to a new level not known before. The overview below covers just some of the new and upcoming engineering paths opened to those who prepare for the fast approaching future; however, for many people, the future is here and now.

Green Civil Engineering: An Unlimited Field

In essence, a civil engineer broadens his field exponentially when he or she enters the "green" sector. Typically dealing with design, development and actual construction of physical/natural environments like roads, bridges, canal routes, dam projects and buildings, now everything contingently revolves around projected green initiatives. Designing, building and modifying structures with a focus on cost-efficiency and sustainability, there is almost no spot on earth that will not be impacted.

New Global Green Initiatives

New emerging countries, regions and older established ones as well need desperate updating and upgrading of near-crumbling infrastructures. From building newer transit and water systems in North Africa to erecting larger, taller and more awe-inspiring skyscrapers in Dubai, green civil engineering opportunities abound everywhere.

Perhaps the Most Ambitious Green Enterprise

Working together with electrical engineers, computer science professionals and even IT professionals, green civil engineering projects such as replacing, upgrading and transforming the present electrical grid system in the US with a new "smart green grid" no doubt taxes many imaginations—and budgets as well.

A recent report by the American Society of Civil Engineers stated that just keeping up with present electricity demands requires total investments of nearly $732 billion by the year 2040.

Developing a new smart grid definitely calls for the best and the brightest of almost every engineering field now known: Civil, electrical, chemical and IT/computer engineers as well. Furthermore, demand for green civil engineers will be felt the most in these three following sectors:

• Green Construction--covers construction of new green buildings and retrofitting residential, commercial and industrial buildings using green construction technology.
• Renewable Energy--covers everything related to alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and biomass.
• Research, Design and Consulting--covers "indirect" or subordinate jobs that are generated in a green economy.

Preparing for the Future

Ambitious planned undertakings that focus on green technology require firm foundations in math, science and especially new concepts in everything green-related. Consequently, civil engineering professionals and civil engineering majors need the very finest education in obtaining not only a bachelor but a later a civil engineering master’s degree with a focus on green-related matters.

Indisputably, green is the wave of today into the future and those who prepare for it will be prominent in opening the many doors that green technology opens. The question remains however: "Who will prepare now and how well will they prepare to go through those opening green doors?

Author's Bio: 

A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.