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Chemical Engineers

Also called: Process Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Engineer, Scientist

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What they 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Develop safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment or working in close proximity to on-going chemical reactions.
  • Troubleshoot problems with chemical manufacturing processes.
  • Evaluate chemical equipment and processes to identify ways to optimize performance or to ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • chemistry
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Chempute Software Engineer's Aide SINET
  • G&P Engineering Software EngVert
Data base user interface and query software
  • Chempute Software E-Notebook
  • G&P Engineering Software PhysProps
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$95,730
per year, on average
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