Chemical Engineer

What Does A Chemical Engineer Do?

Chemical engineers research, design, and develop chemical processes and equipment, oversee the operation and maintenance of industrial chemical, plastics, pharmaceutical, resource, pulp, and food processing plants and perform duties related to chemical quality control, environmental protection and biochemical or bio-technical engineering.

How Do I Become A Chemical Engineer?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or a related field is necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master’s or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, may be required by some organizations.

What is the Average Salary For A Chemical Engineer?

High – 158,000
Median – 98,000
Low – 60,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Chemical Engineer?

  • Science – As much as possible, including chemistry and biology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking

What Is The Work Environment For A Chemical Engineer?

Chemical engineers are typically employed by engineering firms, various manufacturing organizations, and research firms. They spend some of their time in offices and the rest in laboratories or monitoring operations within industrial plants, refineries, and other locations.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Chemical Engineer?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Chemical Engineer?