Chemical Engineer

About the job:

What you do

As a Chemical Engineer, your job is to solve problems that involve the production and use of chemicals, fuel, food and drugs. You also design processes and equipment for manufacturing, plan production methods and can direct facility operations.

The tough stuff

As a Chemical Engineer, you might potentially face:

  • A hazardous work environment 
  • Long work hours
The cool stuff

As a Chemical Engineer, you might potentially benefit from:

  • Intellectually stimulating work
  • A competitive salary
Typical work hours
  • 40+ hours a week
  • Mostly lab or office work

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
Best high school track(s)
  • General Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Understanding written information
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

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Education stuff:

Education required

In order to become a Chemical Engineer, you must:

  • Obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering or a related field

Please note the following:

  • Programs in Chemical Engineering usually take 4 years to complete and include classroom, laboratory, and field studies
  • High school students interested in studying chemical engineering will benefit from taking science courses, such as chemistry, physics, and biology
  • You also should take math courses, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus
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