IT, Computers or Chemical Engineering?

Hi. I am going to pursue my undergraduate next year. After narrowing down I got down to three fields, IT, comp and chem engineering. I have always been a student who loves science and maths. I’m good at both. Computer is something I’m learning and though I kind of like it not love it, I am doing well. I’m wondering which career to choose. I like chem and maths but there's not much scope in India, the salary is low, and also I’ve heard it’s a dangerous field. People get burnt and other things too. I live in a place where there are a lot of oil and gas companies. As for comp or IT, well since I was actually supposed to go into medicine but changed my mind I can’t say I really love comp. I feel my brain works faster in the sciences and maths. I really need some good advice as time is running out.
posted by sophia, middle east on November 2, 2012

Answer by Suniti Bidikar

Chemical engineering has many aspects where in one can work and make a career which I will state below, but first and the foremost thing which I wish to say is - it's not dangerous and no one gets burned for no reason.

Chemical engineering is not chemistry based though one deals with chemicals. Technology and engineering are two different aspects. Technology gives know-how and engineering makes that know-how work. So the engineering principles are all based on high level of maths specially in chemical engineering as unlike other branches of engineering there is a constant change every moment. So mostly one deals with partial differential based model equations. So if you are good at maths go ahead. In the field of chem engg one can work in R&D, Pilot plants, design(purely desk job), shop floor, teaching etc. A lady engineer can do well in any field as I have worked in all except teaching. If you are surrounded by oil & gas companies you can opt for plant design. There is always a shortage of Process(chemical) engineers . Secondly some companies pay process engineers more than others as it's a highly specialised branch.

If there are any more questions I will be glad to answer.

Regards, 
suniti