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Career options for Architecture and Civil Engineering researchers

Find out about the different career options available if you're undertaking research in Architecture or Civil Engineering

Career options

Broadly speaking, your options are the same as those for researchers in other disciplines; see the career options page for more details. The aim of this page is to look at some career options that may be particularly suitable for researchers in Architecture and Civil Engineering. One important question to ask yourself is the extent to which you want to use your subject in any future career moves. It's entirely your choice - you will have acquired and developed many skills during your time as an Architecture and Civil Engineering researcher which are complementary to the scientific and technical skills you might think define your career choice.

If you'd like to continue using your Architecture or Civil Engineering and would like some ideas as to how, see details of what previous Bath Architecture and Civil Engineering doctoral graduates have gone on to do.

You might want to continue in your discipline as a whole, but leave lab/studio-based Architecture or Civil Engineering behind. There are many occupations in which your PhD would be valuable, including building surveyor, conservation officer, town planner, technical sales engineer, environmental engineer, energy conservation, patent attorney, scientific journal editing or technical writing. Teaching (of design & technology, or maths or physics following an extension course) can also be an attractive option.

For more information about what these jobs involve, check out the 'Information Sources' section below.

Options outside of your subject

If, having got to this stage, you're not sure that you want to use your Architecture or Civil Engineering degree anymore, don't despair! You have many skills and experiences that are highly valuable to employers and you can choose from the huge range of graduate jobs on offer, from structured training with large financial services firms to analysing policy for governmental departments. The key is to think of the skills you have and enjoy using, and explore occupations that use them to suggest possible alternatives.

For information on different types of jobs, explore the occupational profiles on the

One sector that particularly welcomes engineers is the financial sector. Investment banks, actuarial firms, accountants and professional services organisations value your numerical and problem-solving skills highly. Some may have slightly different recruitment pathways for PhD graduates so it is worthwhile checking on company websites. The role of quantitative analyst, which usually requires a PhD in a quantitative subject, involves using research, programming and analytical skills to design financial models used to trade in financial instruments. Quantitative analysts are employed in financial institutions including banks, hedge funds and investment banks. For more information on this role, view the Finance Train website and the Banking Blog on The Guardian website.

Information sources

Where to find jobs in Architecture and Civil Engineering

See the key resources page for academic, research and research-related jobs.

Other pages for researchers


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