Chemical Engineers

General Information

Description

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.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit93.89%
  2. Federal government2.53%
  3. Self-employed2.29%
  4. State and local government0.61%
  5. Private, not for profit0.50%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of chemical engineers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 1,800 openings for chemical engineers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$108,540

State-by-state Salary

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$131,880
$79,120
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 81%
  • Master's degree 9%
  • Doctoral degree 9%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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