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Overview - Preparation - Day in the Life - Earnings - Employment - Industries - Professional Development - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations - Profiles of Chemical Engineers - PowerPoint - Podcast

It would take too long to list all the products that are impacted by chemical engineers, but knowing what industries employ them may help you comprehend the scope of their work. Chemical engineers work in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, specialty chemicals, polymers, biotechnology, and environmental health and safety industries, among others.  Within these industries, chemical engineers rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science, particularly chemistry, to overcome technical problems safely and economically. And, of course, they draw upon and apply their engineering knowledge to solve any technical challenges they encounter.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that chemical engineers only make things, though. Their expertise is also applied in the area of law, education, publishing, finance, and medicine, as well as many other fields that require technical training.

Specifically, chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals and other products. They design equipment and processes for large-scale chemical manufacturing, plan and test methods of manufacturing products and treating byproducts, and supervise production.

Chemical engineers also work in a variety of manufacturing industries other than chemical manufacturing, such as those producing energy, electronics, food, clothing, and paper. In addition, they work in healthcare, biotechnology, and business services. Chemical engineers apply principles of physics, mathematics, and mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as chemistry. Some may specialize in a particular chemical process, such as oxidation or polymerization. Others specialize in a particular field, such as nanomaterials, or in the development of specific products. They must be aware of all aspects of chemical manufacturing and how the manufacturing process affects the environment and the safety of workers and consumers.

Chemical engineers face many of the same challenges that other professionals face, and they meet these challenges by applying their technical knowledge, communication and teamwork skills, the most up-to-date practices available, and hard work. Benefits include financial reward, recognition within industry and society, and the gratification that comes from working with the processes of nature to meet the needs of society.

Chemical Engineering Resources

Online

Profiles of Chemical Engineers:
Interviews of Professionals
Overview:
Overview of the field of Chemical Engineering
Preparation:
Undergraduate Courses, Electives, Computer Literacy, Coops/Internships, Graduate School
Day in the Life:
What to expect; typical job functions
Earnings:
Salaries and salary data
Employment:
Geographic concentrations, international experience
Industries:
Industries employing chemical engineers
Professional Development:
Advancement, Mentors, Networking, Licensing
Career Path Forecast:
Predictions
Professional Organizations:
Resources, Networking, Support
Podcast:
Overview of the field of Chemical Engineering
Internet Resources:
American Institute of Chemical Engineers

AIChE Student Chapters
Canadian Society for Chemical EngineeringEuropean Federation of Chemical Engineering
Institution of Chemical Engineers

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
 


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