Chemical Engineers

Chemical engineers take chemistry out of the laboratory and into the real world. They are involved in evaluating methods and equipment for the mass production of chemicals and other materials requiring chemical processing. They also develop products from these materials, such as plastics, metals, gasoline, detergents, pharmaceuticals, and foodstuffs. They develop or improve safe, environmentally sound processes, determine the least costly production method, and formulate the material for easy use and safe, economic transportation. Approximately 32,190 chemical engineers work in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Evaluate methods and equipment for the mass production of chemicals and other materials requiring chemical processing; develop products from these materials
Alternate Title(s) Biomedical Engineers, Project Engineers, Research Engineers
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience A solid background in math and science (especially chemistry), plus an internship, are helpful
Skills
  • Leadership
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Manager, or Consultant, or Professor
  • Experienced Chemical Engineer
  • Project or Production Chemical Engineer
  • Engineer Trainee or Process Engineer