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When looking into careers in Engineering, how should I determine what exact kind of engineering I want to study? Such as civil, chemical, and/or mechanical?

I am very intrigued with achieving a major in engineering, but I am not sure in what exact expertise I am interested in and would like to hear multiple perspectives on this matter. #mechanical-engineering #civil-engineering #electrical-engineering #industrial-engineering #women #engine

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Allen’s Answer

I think the choice of engineering specialization comes down to what interests you the most and how you want to leverage that for innovation. Chemical engineering calls for a lot of chemistry and bio chemistry and having a foundation in that to work at a Merck, Procter and Gamble or Johnson and Johnson for starters. Mechanical engineering deals with things in motion like vehicles or robotics and civil can range from structures, urban planning, traffic design to environmental. I would say that the one good thing as you explore is that the fundamental classes are very similar before you advance in your program and specialize. It's my experience that electrical will have a little more math and civil and mechanical might have an extra physics course and chemical engineering will dive deeper into more chemistry courses.

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DAVID’s Answer


  1. if you have the smarts go for chemical engineer, if not then civil or mechanical

  2. civil has a much wider range of employment in consulting firms

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