Career outlook for structural engineer
UK Salary Ranges
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would create and improve the structure for all kinds of building projects.
You would be a key part of a team of construction professionals. You might work on everything from houses, theatres and hospitals to bridges, oil rigs and space satellites.
- Work with clients, architects, contractors and other professionals on construction plans
- Develop design ideas using computer aided design (CAD)
- Research different materials and decide which would be suitable for the job
- Work out the loads and stresses on different parts of a structure
- Use computer simulations to learn what will happen to structures under different conditions, such as high winds or earth tremors
- Inspect unsafe buildings and recommend options for repairs or demolition
- Make sure projects meet legal, environmental and health and safety requirements
- Prepare bids for tenders
- Manage project teams and give reports to clients and senior managers
You would need to come up with practical, attractive designs within a budget.
UK employment status
Create a qualification route
We’ve found some examples of the qualifications that could help you get this job.Discover my route
Here are some of the skills needed for this job. Sign in to see how your skills match up.
- Working with technology
- Problem solving
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Managing resources
Your skills can help you choose the career that’s right for you. You can build your skills through work, study or activities you do in your spare time.
To understand more, have a look at What are my skills?
Our Skills Explorer tool will help you understand what skills you have and match them to jobs that might suit you.Use the Skills Explorer tool
Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.