Chemical Engineer


Chemical engineers use mathematics, chemistry, and physics to solve problems. They design equipment and find ways to make chemicals. They work in factories to test the way these chemicals are made and oversee the process. Chemical engineers can also work in electronics or aircraft manufacturing. Some work to find ways to control pollution.

Working Conditions

Chemical engineers work in laboratories, factories, or testing sites. Some chemical engineers travel to factories or sites.


Most chemical engineers earned between $49,000 and $81,000 per year.

Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study

Important classes are mathematics (including algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus), English, chemistry, biology, physics, social studies and computers.

Related Jobs

There are many types of engineers. Some are mechanical electrical, aerospace, civil and nuclear. Other workers who use scientific and mathematical principles include scientists, mathematicians, computer systems analysts and architects.

Education & Training

A bachelor's degree is required for entry-level jobs. Many people have graduate degrees.

Job Outlook

There should be competition for jobs as chemical engineers.

Sources for Additional Information

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Three Park Ave.
Washington, DC 20005

Junior Engineering Technical Society- Guidance
1420 King St., Suite 405
Alexandria, VA 22314-2794