Chemical engineers research, design, and develop chemical processes and equipment, oversee the operation and maintenance of industrial chemical, plastics, pharmaceutical, resource, pulp, and food processing plants and perform duties related to chemical quality control, environmental protection and biochemical or bio-technical engineering.
A four-year bachelor's degree in chemical engineering or a related field is necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, may be required by some organizations.
Employment of chemical engineers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for chemical engineers’ services depends largely on demand for the products of various manufacturing industries. The ability of these engineers to stay on the forefront of new emerging technologies will sustain employment growth.
Chemical engineers are typically employed by engineering firms, various manufacturing organizations, and research firms. They spend some of their time in offices and the rest in laboratories or monitoring operations within industrial plants, refineries, and other locations.