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 33,300 chemical engineers work in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Biomedical Engineers, Project Engineers, Research Engineers
Duties Evaluate methods and equipment for the mass production of chemicals and other materials requiring chemical processing; develop products from these materials
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Leadership
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager, or Consultant, or Professor
  • Experienced Chemical Engineer
  • Project or Production Chemical Engineer
  • Engineer Trainee or Process Engineer

Career Update Newsletter

Tips and tools to help you manage your ideal career.