Great question! Though these two fields are both in engineering, they differ in many ways. If you decide to go for Civil Engineering, you may find yourself in jobs that pertain to the structural aspect of civil engineering, which involves buildings, bridges, skyscrapers, etc. You may also go into transportation, which involves roads, railways, airports, etc. In a nutshell, you would be designing and analyzing any of the above.
If you decide to go for Industrial Engineering, this filed is a bit more broad, as you learn a bit about many engineering branches (mechanical, civil, electrical, etc.) In this field you may find yourself working on projects to improve processes in assembly lines for manufacturing, making them more efficient and cost-effective. You may also find yourself designing and improving things like valves, a/c units, computer chassis and shells, etc. In this field, you also learn a lot about supply chain and management of funds, which helps in seeing not only how your designs and processes help in the short term, but also how they will help in the long term with making the company money and reducing waste. I myself am an Industrial Engineer, and I love what I have done in my job, but again, the decision should be based on what peaks your interest the most.
I hope this helps, and best of luck!
Jose recommends the following next steps:
- Research Civil Engineering, the different fields of it, and what civil engineers have done to this day (accomplishments, recognition )
- Research Industrial Engineering, and the different types of companies that hire this field. Also what accomplishments have been done by Industrial Engineers
- College Curriculum for both Civil and Industrial Engineering so you can see what type of classes you will take and if you like them
- Pro/Con list of what you would and would not enjoy for each field of engineering