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What Careers Can You Have with a Degree in Chemical Engineering?

Written By: Saniya Kalamkar

Chemical engineers use math, science, and other engineering skills to solve problems related to the production, storage, and transportation of chemicals, food, fuel, and other products. Possible employers could range from Under Armor, a private clinic, or Tesla.


1. Biotechnologist

Biotechnologists use biology in a practical application. They study the genetic, chemical and physical attributes of cells, tissues and organisms in order to develop new technologies, processes and products. The fields of cosmetics, agriculture, drugs, and many other industries are affected by a biotechnologist’s work.


2. Energy engineer

Energy engineers extract and convert resources into energy. In new energy engineering, there is a focus in the improvement and development of green technologies. As it is a fairly broad field, they deal with energy efficiency, energy services, facility management, plant engineering, environmental compliance, sustainable energy and renewable energy technologies.


3. Nuclear engineer

Nuclear engineers research and develop the processes, instruments, and systems used to derive benefits from nuclear energy and radiation. There are medical and industrial uses for radiation, like treating cancer or examining nuclear accidents.


4. Petroleum engineer

Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the Earth’s surface. Petroleum engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells


5. Product development engineer

Product development engineers are responsible for managing design, prototyping, and testing a product's development. They look at mechanical design properties of the product and determine if it has met the desired standards.


6. Analytical chemist

Analytical chemists study and test the chemical composition and behaviors of different substances. Analytical chemists examine materials by separating them into their components and identifying each one and how much there is of each one. Their measurements are used to assure the safety and quality of food, drug, and pharmaceutical products.


7. Quality Control Chemist

A QC chemist measures and test materials and products according to industry guidelines and standards. Typical duties include setting up equipment, preparing samples, conducting analytical tests on samples, conducting data reports, and testing products thoroughly.

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