What Chemical Engineers Do
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 manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations. They may spend time at industrial plants, refineries, and other locations, where they monitor or direct operations or solve onsite problems.
How to Become a Chemical Engineer
Chemical engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Employers also value practical experience. Therefore, internships and cooperative engineering programs can be helpful.
Pay - Job Outlook
The median annual wage for chemical engineers was $97,360 in May 2015. Employment of chemical engineers is projected to grow 2 percent by 2024, slower than the average for all occupations.