Chemical Engineers


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+7.5% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree


What Chemical Engineers Do

Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Other Job Titles Chemical Engineers May Have

Chemical Engineer, Development Engineer, Engineer, Engineering Scientist, Process Control Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer, Refinery Process Engineer, Research Chemical Engineer, Scientist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Operations Manager (Chemical Engineer) ,


Reviewing day activities, scheduling and attending meetings, work with other on continuous and future improvements.

External Supply & Plasma Innovation ,


I work in external supply and plasma innovation. Specifically, I work in human blood plasma derived therapeutics. We take human blood plasma from donations and purify out a protein, something that someone needs if they have a rare disease. I work on the upstream/business side of things in trying to get more donors and better donations. I travel a lot.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Develop safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment or working in close proximity to ongoing chemical reactions.
  • Determine most effective arrangement of operations such as mixing, crushing, heat transfer, distillation, and drying.
  • Prepare estimate of production costs and production progress reports for management.
  • Direct activities of workers who operate or are engaged in constructing and improving absorption, evaporation, or electromagnetic equipment.
  • Perform laboratory studies of steps in manufacture of new products and test proposed processes in small-scale operation, such as a pilot plant.

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