Engineer – Chemical

Chemical engineers combine their knowledge of both chemistry and engineering to develop new chemicals and chemical processes. They normally do not work in chemistry laboratories like research chemists would. Instead they build on the findings of research chemists and take the information to a higher level for manufacturing purposes. According to careers.stateuniversity.com chemical engineers are primarily concerned with reproducing chemical products on a large scale through the construction of new types of chemical manufacturing equipment. Chemical engineers are often trained in many areas of engineering and not just “chemical” engineering. Because their job entails the design of complex equipment they are often extremely knowledgeable about essential aspects of electrical and mechanical engineering. Together with a team of chemical technicians research chemists and engineers with various specialties chemical engineers in many different types of industries work to make the manufacturing of various types of products easier less expensive and safer for the environment. Because of the high level of complexity of most chemical engineering projects it’s important that chemical engineers have high skills in the areas of mathematics biology electronics and physics. The typical educational requirement for a chemical engineer is a minimum of a bachelor’s degree but many go on to pursue higher-level post graduate degrees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the most common employers of chemical engineers are agricultural industries scientific research firms chemical manufacturers and the pharmaceutical industry. Additionally the salary range for a chemical range is $53730 to $130240 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $91985
High Salary: $130240
Low Salary: $53730
Tasks: Develops industrial chemicals.
Experiments with chemicals.
Designs chemical plant equipment.
Consults with chemists.
Also Called: Biotechnologist
Biochemical Engineer
Chemist
Industrial Engineer
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