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Work in the nexus of science, technology, and innovation

Chemical Engineers work in a variety of industries, specifically in the industries of energy and manufacturing, to regulate and design economic chemical processes necessary to run their operation efficiently. They can specialize in specific processes (e.g. oxidation or polymerization) or a field (e.g. biotechnology or life sciences). Their specialties typically lie in creating usable products out of raw materials, taking the science from the textbooks to the real world.

While you may think chemical engineers work most often in the laboratory, they are also often in boardrooms, offices, and out in the field. Chemical engineers have such a broad mastery of both technology and sciences that they are in high demand across industries and well dubbed, the universal engineer


The Gulf Coast Region will need over 5,000 Chemical Engineers by 2024

Chemical Engineering jobs will rise from 4,270 in 2014 to 5,130 in 2024


The experienced "universal engineer" will make over THREE TIMES the regional average salary

The experienced "universal engineer" will make over THREE TIMES the regional average salary


¿Esta carrera es la adecuada para usted?*

These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career as a chemical engineer. Los siguientes números describen la importancia relativa de cada área del conocimiento/habilidad para el puesto.

   97%

Ingeniería y tecnología

Knowing practical applications of engineering sciences and applying them to the production of various technologies for consumption and services.

          90.4%

Química

Knowledge of chemical compounds, including their construction, structure, properties, transformations, danger signs, interactions, and disposal methods.

            87.2%

Matemáticas

Knowing arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, and their theories to apply them into real world.

                   80%

Física

Knowing and being able to predict physical laws and relationships to understand various dynamic structures and processes.

                   80%

Critical Reasoning

The ability to use logic, reasoning, and learned theory to identify strengths, weaknesses, and solutions.

*Fuente: Texas Career Check


A Path in Chemical Engineering Could Go In Many Directions

A path in chemical engineering could go in many directions


Pathway to Becoming a Chemical Engineer

Aval: STEM

While employers value practical experience before hiring a new employee, chemical engineers must have at least a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) that has classroom, laboratory, and field lessons. Some universities may offer 5-year master's programs to obtain a bachelor's and master's side by side. 

For higher levels of occupational independence in the future, chemical engineers can obtain a Professional Engineer (PE) license. The following must be obtained to get a PE license from the State Board of Professional Engineers: ­  

  • a bachelor's degree from a program approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) ­
  • four years of experience working under a licensed Professional Engineer
  • and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination

To be recognized in the field of chemical engineering, being a Certified Chemical Engineer (CCE) is also recommended to be maintained throughout a career in this field. This way, a chemical engineer can remain up to date on the newest innovations in their field.


Helpful Tech to Get Ahead

  • Analytical and Scientific Software: Minitab or MATLAB
  • Programas de diseño asistido por computadora (CAD, en inglés): Autodesk AutoCAD, CD-adapco STAR-CAD, Dassault Systemes CATIA
  • Presentation Software: Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Software de administración de proyectos: Microsoft Project

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Ocupaciones relacionadas: Ingenieros biomédicos, Chemical Technicians, Chemists and Materials Scientists

 

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