Career Prospects

The pathway to success starts at Illinois.

A degree from CEE at Illinois means you have an advantage when it comes time to start your career. Recruiters know that CEE at Illinois students graduate fully prepared to succeed in their chosen field and as a result, our graduates are highly sought after. We are committed to helping you transition from student to professional. Dedicated job fairs for CEE students, professional development seminars, and opportunities for networking with alumni and industry professionals mean that you will be fully prepared to succeed in your career.

Next Steps

The Illini Success initiative gathers data about the post-graduation pursuits of bachelor’s degree recipients at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.   Here is a snapshot of self-reported data for CEE students who earned a bachelor’s degree during the academic year 2020-2021 (most recent data, with 76% of students responding to survey).

94% reported securing their first choice destination upon graduation.

Full-time Employment




First Choice

Continuing Education


Sample Employers

  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Kiewit
  • Turner Construction Company
  • Kimley-Horn
  • Alfred Benesch & Company
  • Ardmore Roderick
  • BNSF Railway
  • Civiltech Engineering
  • Illinois Department of Transportation

Sample Positions

  • Project Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Assistant Construction Manager
  • Assistant Structural Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Drainage Engineer
  • Engineer - Water Resources
  • Hydrologist
  • Research Assistant
  • Transportation Design Engineer

Sample Graduate Schools

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Cornell University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Northwestern University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Washington-Seattle
  • Yale University
  • University of Michigan

Learn more about career development at CEE

We take our role in preparing students for the workplace seriously.

Career Prep at CEE

“Some of my strongest professional connections that I’ve maintained throughout my career have been with fellow CEE students-turned-alumni. Because the program has such a strong reputation, being a part of the CEE alumni network creates a positive first impression with new connections in many traditional and non-traditional industries.”

Jill McClary-Gutierrez (BS 13)

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