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Structural Engineering

Career Opportunities

Students who complete their bachelor's of science degree in Structural Engineering at UC San Diego have a wide variety of post-graduation opportunities available.  Please see the lists below for career choices, potential employers, and graduate school opportunities.  

Overview of career opportunities video

Career Choices
Structural Engineering provides you with the versatility and analytical foundation to excel in any engineering career. 
 
Our program grants you flexibility in your career choice and a unique opportunity to diversify your engineering knowledge, allowing you to become to most marketable engineer in a rapidly changing industry.
 
Prepare yourself with an adaptable degree to pursue the nation's top engineering fields such as:
 
  • Academic Research & Education
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Automobile Engineering
  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Energy Structures
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fire and Life Safety
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine and Offshore Engineering
  • Material Science Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Engineering
  • Non-Destructive Evaluation
  • Research & Development
  • Rocket Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Sustainability Design
  • Systems Engineering
  • Underground Structures
  • Urban Studies and Planning
Potential employers

Below is a list of potential employers based on feedback from UCSD SE Alumni, SE Faculty, and the UCSD Career Center:

Graduate school opportunities

Below is a list of schools students have reported as attending for graduate programs after completing their bachelor's degree at UCSD:

  • UC San Diego (also offers BS/MS program)
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Davis
  • Stanford
  • University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of Texas - Austin
  • Purdue University
  • Duke University
  • Cornell University
  • Northwestern University
  • John Hopkins University
  • University of Michigan
  • Virginia Tech
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lehigh University

 


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