Does civil engineering require creativity?

Hello! My name is Lori, and I was always passionate about civil engineering and architecture. So much that I always wanted to do both, but I got discouraged during my first year of college. Now I am a civil engineering major, and I feel very uncertain about the path I chose. I feel like changing my major to architecture only because I am as creative as I love math. I would need some advice. How is the civil engineering field for women? Does it require creativity? I wouldn't want to be frustrated when it comes to that part. Please help :/
posted by Lori , Tamarac, Florida on October 14, 2013

Answer by Danielle Forget Shield P.E.

Being a great civil engineer absolutely requires creativity. That’s one of the best attributes women bring to the profession. Deciding to become a civil engineer is a first step, with many career decisions ahead of you that will allow you to express your creativity and use it to contribute in ways you have likely never considered. I landed, unexpectedly, in the solid waste industry. I had no idea that landfills were highly engineered structures with lots of room for creative solutions. My creativity led me to become one of few women to lead the engineering activities in the waste industry. It’s that out-of-the-box thinking that is valued in today’s entrepreneurial spirited corporate world. You have the same opportunities ahead of you! There are so many areas of engineering that are open for exploration. Consider all the options in the green building movement, alternative energy sources, and transportation advancement. Your creativity can help advance these, or an infinite number of other areas to make our world a better place.

Danielle