A degree in Chemical Engineering opens many doors for a diverse, challenging and rewarding career that can lead to positions in business, government or academia. The possibilities are practically endless.
Semiconductor production, microchips, metals, mineral processing, paper products, petroleum and petrochemicals, plastics, forest products, pharmaceuticals and foods are just some of the sectors in which chemical engineers work.
In today's world of growing shortages of non-renewable resources and a finite amount of renewable resources, chemical engineers are also in demand to fill positions focused on optimizing the recovery or utilization of matter and energy.
Most major chemical companies hire chemical engineers to fill their technical positions in environmental engineering. As a Chemical Engineer you might work on improving a wood pulping machine in the pulp and paper industry, planning a new line in a food processing plant or monitoring and optimizing fractional distillation in the petroleum industry. In addition to technical positions, chemical engineers often move into managerial functions within their companies.
Chemical engineers are responsible for designing the industrial facilities that provide materials, petroleum products and plastics that make our lives easier and more productive.
Biochemical engineering is an expanding field where chemical engineers link chemical process knowledge to biotechnology areas. As a Biochemical Engineer you might develop an economical process to commercialize a newly developed pharmaceutical product by a genetically engineered microorganism, you may manage or design a wastewater treatment facility to meet environmental norms or you may remediate an already polluted area.
You can also use your Chemical Engineering degree as a jumping off point to further education. Some chemical engineering graduates go on to medical, law, business or graduate school and use their chemical engineering degree to specialize. For instance, a Chemical Engineering graduate may go to law school and utilize their undergraduate degree to focus on patent or environmental law.