Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale safe and sustainable manufacturing, plan and test methods of manufacturing products and treating byproducts, and supervise production.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Conduct research to develop new and improved manufacturing processes
- Develop safety procedures for those working with potentially dangerous chemicals
- Develop processes to separate components of liquids and gases or to generate electrical currents using controlled chemical processes
- Design and plan the layout of equipment
- Do tests and monitor performance of processes throughout production
- Troubleshoot problems with manufacturing processes
- Evaluate equipment and processes to ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations
- Estimate production costs for management
What education and training is required?
A bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. At some universities, a student can opt to enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.
To pursue a career as a Chemical Engineer:
The following high school courses are recommended: calculus, chemistry, physics, computer science.
Food companies, universities and the federal government.
Future Job Market/Outlook:
The future outlook for Chemical Engineers is projected to grow 4% from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- American Chemical Society
- Association of Energy Engineers
- National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers