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Chemical Engineering

Earnings Potential

The middle 50 percent earned between $78,820 and $121,090.

Facts at a glance

• Most engineering and natural sciences managers have previous experience as engineers, scientists, or mathematicians.
• Projected employment growth for engineering and natural sciences managers should be closely related to growth in employment of the engineers and scientists they supervise and of the industries in which they are found.
• Opportunities will be best for workers with strong communication and business management skills.

Summary of what this career entails

A chemical engineer creates or is involved in the creation of new products using his/her knowledge of science. Because the concentration is chemistry many of the projects will involve water. There are many positions available for someone in the field. For example, there is a manager who will oversee work done bases on their knowledge of science and engineering. They get an outline of the work that is to be done from an executive in charge of the project and then they take the outline and decide what the scientific and technical goals are. The goals that may be focused on by a manager include improving manufacturing processes, advancing scientific research, or developing new products. Two examples of what a manager in the chemical engineering field may do is developing concepts for a new product or identifying technical problems that prevent a project from completing. A manager will also need to be familiar with administration and delegation.

Examples and or details of work

A chemical engineer will work in oil refineries, tankers, chocolate factories and breweries, labs, universities and offices. The type of work done also varies greatly; a chemical engineer can work on the operation of a distillation column, analyze safety procedures for a project or the completion of a project, design a piping network, or work on a vaccination for an ailment or help with the production of Crest Toothpaste.

Degrees that lead to this career

Degrees that lead to a career in chemical engineering include (for management positions) engineering, science, math, engineering management (masters), business administration (masters), applied research (PHD). For other positions degrees include Co-operative education, environmental engineering, and chemical engineering/biochemistry

Specific Career openings in this field

Career options in the chemical engineering field include engineering manager, natural science manager, research scientist, production worker, engineer, scientist, technician, support personnel, designer, plant engineer