According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of civil and environmental engineers is projected to grow 7%, respectively, from 2021- 2031, about as fast as average for other occupations. Approximately 24,200 openings are projected each year for the next decade. Median annual salary was $88,050 as of May 2021. Forbes ranked environmental engineering and civil engineering as the fifth- and sixth-most valuable college majors, respectively, in terms of salary and career prospects. Most recently, ASCE's Civil Engineering magazine ranks Detroit as one of the top 10 "Best Places" for civil engineers. 

Wayne State students are well positioned to tackle challenges in Michigan and the Great Lakes region concerning transportation systems, water and air quality, green infrastructure, and general public health. A number of industry and civic leaders many located right down the street from the university consistently look to hire Wayne State civil and environmental engineering graduates. Graduates of this program go on to lead in their field.