Chemical Engineer

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What do you say would be the most difficult task within applying for jobs?

by Jacqueline from Houston

What do you say would be the most difficult task within applying for jobs that have to do with engineering and also the fact that you're a girl? Like the criticism and the sexist comments. I would like to get advice in how you decide to retrieve the ...

Chemical engineers use chemistry, physics, and math along with engineering tools to solve problems relating to the production and use of chemicals. This includes things like refining gasoline and other fuels from petroleum, purifying of drinking water, treating waste, recovering raw materials, and producing and processing food. They can work in chemical manufacturing, electronics, pollution control, even medicine and food processing.

Education

Chemical engineers need a four-year college degree. Most have degrees in chemical engineering, although some have specialized degrees in biochemical, petroleum, metallurgical, or sanitation engineering.

Lifestyle

Most chemical engineers work in manufacturing industries, in research and development labs, productions plants, or management. Some provide engineering services as consultants in research and testing, design, or policy. The environment and hours that they work varies with the industry and kind of job.

Skills

You can be a Chemical Engineer, if you:

  • Want to keep getting better at things
  • Can think creatively 
  • Can work on a team or alone
  • Can be focused and patient
  • Enjoy big challenges 
  • Can use and remember important facts and details 
  • Are interested in computer modeling

Salary

The average annual starting salary for an entry-level chemical engineer is $67,585.*

Examples

  • Design environmentally friendly cleaning products
  • Develop chemotherapy that has fewer side effects
  • Turn seawater into drinking water
  • Develop ways of mass producing vaccines to ward off epidemics
  • Reduce pollution by developing cleaner sources of energy
 *Source: Salary.com 2015
Latest Resources
  • Jodie Lutkenhaus
    You just have to remember that the criticism is usually well-intended and the goal is to always improve. It is usually about the work and not about you, so it is important to take it in and forge ahead.