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Chemical Engineers use knowledge of chemicals to create new substances and improve processes.

Chemical Engineer

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Did you spend your childhood making things explode? Were science fairs your favorite school activity? As a Chemical Engineer, you’ll spend your days mixing chemicals and designing various gaseous, liquid, and solid products. You may also design the manufacturing processes they go through. Most of the time you’ll work in a team with other engineers, creating new products or improving existing ones. You’ll use computer software, mathematical formulas, and chemical engineering principles on a daily basis.

As a Chemical Engineer, you’ll focus on creating products that are safe and easy to use. You might design the best processes for mixing, heating, or separating chemicals to create new substances. Your position could focus more on testing and verifying the safety and function of the gases and liquids you create. You’ll be required to have a deep understanding of safety codes and regulations, both for the manufacturing process and for the products created.

Engineers act as leaders on projects, so you’ll need to be able to give instructions in various forms, like technical drawings and formulas, to team members. You'll likely work with technicians and machine operators. You may oversee some work at the plant, making sure that your employees adhere to safety procedures and that the product meets quality standards at every stage of production.

Chemical engineers are required to have a Bachelor’s degree and most employers will prefer a Master’s degree or some years of previous experience. If you’ve got a good head for numbers and love chemistry, this job is perfect for you.

Critical Skills

  • Advanced Computer Skills
  • Chemistry Knowledge
  • Comprehend Technical Drawings and Other Visual Instructions
  • Create Solutions to Complex Problems
  • Engineering Principles
  • Mathematics Knowledge
  • Project Management
  • Quality Analysis
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop safety procedures for workers operating equipment or working with chemicals
  • Troubleshoot problems with chemical manufacturing processes
  • Evaluate chemical equipment and processes to identify ways to optimize performance
  • Ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations
  • Conduct research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes
  • Prepare estimate of production costs and production progress reports for management
  • Design measurement and control systems based on data collected in laboratory experiments
  • Perform laboratory studies of steps in manufacture of new products

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.

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Having Independence

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Writing Reports and Documentation

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Required Education

Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering

Preferred Education

Master's degree


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