Chemical Engineer

Career Overview

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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$60,000 /yr
$98,000 /yr
$158,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including chemistry and biology!
Work Environment

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.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada