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.
Chemical engineers work mostly in offices or laboratories. They may spend time at industrial plants, refineries, and other locations, where they monitor or direct operations or solve onsite problems. Nearly all chemical engineers work full time.
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.
The median annual wage for chemical engineers was $97,360 in May 2015.
Employment of chemical engineers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Demand for chemical engineers' services depends largely on demand for the products of various manufacturing industries.
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