Chemical Engineering : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Any company concerned with the design, production, or use of materials has need for chemical engineers. Consequently, many diverse industries employ chemical engineers. Historically a large fraction work for either petroleum or chemical companies, but lately many are finding employment in nontraditional industries, such as electronics. BS graduates find work in production, design, operations, sales, or process development. With further study graduates also move into careers in medicine, law, education, and management.

The AIChE and Sloan Career Cornerstone Center have much more detailed information about careers and opportunities. See and, respectively.

Salary Information

A typical starting salary is now about $65,000/year (up-to-date information can be found at the AIChE or the U.S. Department of Labor web sites). A BS is sufficient for a typical starting position, except research and development where a master's degree or PhD is needed.

What percentage of graduates goes on to find related employment?

Variable with year; sometimes close to 100%. Up-to-date information for the profession is available at the AIChE web site.

What percentage of graduates goes on to graduate school? 25%

Additional Resources

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:36 EST