@tlcJPC - I think civil engineers make pretty decent money. Starting out is in the upper forties and can get into six figures with time and experience. Personally, I’m not a fan of the politics that would be involved- but you do what you gotta do. It definitely is a job where you have to be flexible and able to go with the flow I guess. As far as the rest, I'm not real sure...but I'd think for big projects there would probably be teams in place.
What I wonder is how secure the jobs are? Although I've toyed around with the idea of going into this (I mean it seems like it would have benefits and stuff which could help outweigh the negatives) I'm a little afraid of working for the government. If there’s a budget cut, who knows who goes first.