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CHEMICAL ENGINEER, IN-DEPTH: I May Be Young But I Have Something To Contribute

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Pamela continues with her story of being a chemical engineer working in technical sales in the oil industry. She shares what she likes most about her career and describes the challenges she faces being a relatively recent college graduate. Pamela has made many decisions so far in her career, all with a common theme. She shares what that theme has been and how those decisions have impacted her career.

Degree: Chemical Engineering
Job Title: Technical Manager

Job Summary: Chemical Engineers

Job Description

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, and physics to solve problems. These problems involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale safe and sustainable manufacturing, plan and test methods of manufacturing products and treating byproducts, and supervise production.

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$55,000 - $140,000
Projected job growth
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0 to 10 percent
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Full-time
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Office, Travel, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Teamwork, People skills, Empathy, Mathematical skills

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Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='11870'>before</span> <span m='12210'>that,</span> <span m='12500'>my</span> <span m='12630'>world</span> <span m='12950'>was</span> <span m='13060'>just</span> <span m='13330'>maybe,</span> <span m='13670'>the</span> <span m='13970'>city</span> <span m='14340'>I lived in.</span> <span m='14960'>And</span> <span m='15090'>now</span> <span m='15530'>I</span> <span m='15670'>can</span> <span m='16140'>see</span> <span m='16329'>how</span> <span m='16510'>I'm</span> <span m='16650'>helping</span> <span m='17990'>economies</span> <span m='18430'>in</span> <span m='18600'>Africa.</span> <span m='20410'>Raise</span> <span m='20840'>people,</span> <span m='21130'>give</span> <span m='21280'>them</span> <span m='21430'>jobs.</span> <span m='21950'>And</span> <span m='22830'>hope</span> <span m='23210'>for</span> <span m='23340'>them</span> <span m='23430'>for a better future.</span> </p><p><span m='24370'>Most</span> <span m='24710'>challenging?</span> <span m='27370'>I'm</span> <span m='28010'>only</span> <span m='28260'>six</span> <span m='28560'>years</span> <span m='28910'>out of college.</span> <span m='29450'>And</span> <span m='29720'>it's</span> <span m='29910'>tough,</span> <span m='30190'>because</span> <span m='30530'>they</span> <span m='30650'>look</span> <span m='30810'>at</span> <span m='30900'>me</span> <span m='31050'>because</span> <span m='31320'>I'm</span> <span m='31470'>young.</span> <span m='32369'>I</span> <span m='32720'>think</span> <span m='33190'>that's</span> <span m='34200'>something</span> <span m='35950'>a</span> <span m='36040'>lot</span> <span m='36260'>of folks will</span> <span m='36570'>face.</span> </p><p><span m='37430'>The people</span> <span m='37700'>who</span> <span m='37970'>are</span> <span m='38020'>making</span> <span m='38300'>college</span> <span m='38550'>decisions</span> <span m='38960'>now,</span> <span m='39160'>this</span> <span m='39330'>will be</span> <span m='39480'>you,</span> <span m='40160'>in</span> <span m='40310'>a</span> <span m='40360'>little</span> <span m='40560'>bit.</span> <span m='41310'>And</span> <span m='41660'>it's</span> <span m='42050'>finding</span> <span m='42600'>that-</span> <span m='44400'>to be</span> <span m='44550'>brave</span> <span m='44780'>enough</span> <span m='45010'>to</span> <span m='45080'>realize</span> <span m='45550'>I</span> <span m='45670'>may</span> <span m='45880'>be</span> <span m='46060'>young, but</span> <span m='46210'>I</span> <span m='46330'>have</span> <span m='46480'>something</span> <span m='46720'>to</span> <span m='46780'>contribute.</span> <span m='47690'>And</span> <span m='48590'>voicing</span> <span m='48820'>that</span> <span m='49070'>opinion.</span> <span m='49390'>Not</span> <span m='49990'>letting</span> <span m='50550'>them</span> <span m='51850'>limit</span> <span m='52140'>you</span> <span m='52310'>because</span> <span m='52950'>you're</span> <span m='53100'>not</span> <span m='54010'>fifty.</span> </p><p><span m='54620'>So</span> <span m='56020'>I</span> <span m='56090'>think</span> <span m='56770'>when</span> <span m='56890'>more</span> <span m='57110'>of</span> <span m='57140'>us</span> <span m='58020'>talk</span> <span m='58240'>together</span> <span m='58640'>and</span> <span m='58790'>figure</span> <span m='59030'>it</span> <span m='59100'>out,</span> <span m='59800'>we</span> <span m='59900'>can</span> <span m='60000'>surprise</span> <span m='60360'>ourselves.</span> <span m='60420'>And</span> <span m='60735'>we can</span> <span m='61050'>surprise</span> <span m='61500'>our</span> <span m='61860'>more</span> <span m='62270'>experienced</span> <span m='62525'>folks</span> <span m='63040'>in</span> <span m='63130'>industry.</span> </p><p><span m='64290'>There's</span> <span m='64580'>multiple</span> <span m='65030'>key</span> <span m='65180'>decisions.</span> <span m='65540'>And</span> <span m='65900'>I</span> <span m='66580'>realized</span> <span m='67500'>the</span> <span m='67610'>main</span> <span m='68170'>theme,</span> <span m='68810'>that</span> <span m='69110'>I</span> <span m='69290'>always</span> <span m='69860'>find</span> <span m='70570'>when I</span> <span m='70750'>look back,</span> <span m='71030'>is</span> <span m='71310'>that</span> <span m='71680'>I took</span> <span m='72160'>a</span> <span m='72430'>risk.</span> <span m='73370'>I</span> <span m='73690'>could've</span> <span m='73980'>stayed</span> <span m='74690'>in</span> <span m='74880'>the</span> <span m='75250'>state</span> <span m='75580'>that</span> <span m='75680'>I</span> <span m='76000'>grew</span> <span m='76150'>up</span> <span m='76280'>in.</span> <span m='76875'>But</span> <span m='77160'>I</span> <span m='77280'>chose to</span> <span m='77600'>take</span> <span m='77790'>a</span> <span m='77860'>job,</span> <span m='78310'>in</span> <span m='78420'>a</span> <span m='78450'>different</span> <span m='78870'>state,</span> <span m='79290'>away from all</span> <span m='79540'>my</span> <span m='79810'>family</span> <span m='80170'>and</span> <span m='80290'>friends.</span> <span m='81470'>Just</span> <span m='81640'>to</span> <span m='81750'>see</span> <span m='81900'>what it's like.</span> </p><p><span m='82940'>And</span> <span m='83110'>one</span> <span m='83390'>thing</span> <span m='84380'>that I</span> <span m='84530'>didn't</span> <span m='84720'>understand</span> <span m='84980'>at</span> <span m='85240'>that</span> <span m='85440'>age,</span> <span m='85580'>was</span> <span m='85800'>that</span> <span m='86490'>I</span> <span m='86650'>can</span> <span m='86800'>go</span> <span m='86940'>back.</span> <span m='87410'>It's</span> <span m='87620'>not</span> <span m='88790'>the</span> <span m='88920'>end</span> <span m='89130'>all,</span> <span m='89270'>be</span> <span m='89480'>all.</span> <span m='89580'>I</span> <span m='89680'>have</span> <span m='89830'>the</span> <span m='89900'>option</span> <span m='90280'>to</span> <span m='90520'>go</span> <span m='90650'>back</span> <span m='90950'>if</span> <span m='91620'>this</span> <span m='91830'>didn't really</span> <span m='92000'>work</span> <span m='92270'>out.</span> </p><p><span m='93030'>And</span> <span m='93400'>I</span> <span m='93480'>find</span> <span m='94620'>that</span> <span m='94980'>with</span> <span m='95160'>that</span> <span m='95940'>comfort</span> <span m='96310'>in my</span> <span m='96420'>back</span> <span m='96650'>pocket,</span> <span m='97670'>I</span> <span m='97770'>try</span> <span m='98000'>things</span> <span m='98330'>that</span> <span m='98630'>I'm</span> <span m='98780'>really</span> <span m='98970'>glad</span> <span m='99170'>I</span> <span m='99240'>did.</span> <span m='100580'>So</span> <span m='100700'>I moved</span> <span m='101175'>to</span> <span m='101650'>three</span> <span m='101810'>different</span> <span m='102170'>states.</span> <span m='103090'>And</span> <span m='104060'>now</span> <span m='104370'>I</span> <span m='104530'>get to travel</span> <span m='104850'>the</span> <span m='104930'>world.</span> <span m='105300'>And</span> <span m='105410'>I</span> <span m='105500'>would</span> <span m='105690'>never have</span> <span m='106050'>thought</span> <span m='106340'>that</span> <span m='106630'>this is</span> <span m='107030'>where I would</span> <span m='107220'>be</span> <span m='107630'>in</span> <span m='108060'>high</span> <span m='108490'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='109530'>The</span> <span m='109720'>oil and</span> <span m='109970'>gas</span> <span m='110230'>industry,</span> <span m='111830'>it's</span> <span m='112090'>growing.</span> <span m='112660'>And</span> <span m='113080'>just</span> <span m='113430'>because</span> <span m='113790'>there's</span> <span m='113920'>a</span> <span m='114000'>lot</span> <span m='114260'>of</span> <span m='114780'>countries</span> <span m='115410'>outside</span> <span m='115870'>the</span> <span m='115920'>US</span> <span m='116370'>that</span> <span m='116790'>are</span> <span m='116900'>looking</span> <span m='117130'>to</span> <span m='117270'>develop</span> <span m='117720'>that</span> <span m='117850'>industry,</span> <span m='118800'>we</span> <span m='118950'>have</span> <span m='119110'>a</span> <span m='119180'>very</span> <span m='119910'>promising</span> <span m='120290'>future</span> <span m='120640'>ahead</span> <span m='120830'>of</span> <span m='120950'>us</span> <span m='121190'>as</span> <span m='121460'>engineers,</span> <span m='121990'>I</span> <span m='122060'>believe.</span> <span m='123510'>There's good</span> <span m='123900'>stability.</span> </p><p><span m='124540'>What's</span> <span m='125090'>interesting</span> <span m='125600'>is</span> <span m='125730'>that</span> <span m='126090'>the</span> <span m='126480'>oil</span> <span m='127010'>companies</span> <span m='127410'>are</span> <span m='127500'>also-</span> <span m='129789'>they're</span> <span m='129910'>starting</span> <span m='130139'>to</span> <span m='130600'>diversify</span> <span m='131470'>as</span> <span m='131640'>well.</span> <span m='131930'>It's</span> <span m='131990'>just</span> <span m='132210'>not</span> <span m='132820'>oil in the</span> <span m='133100'>ground.</span> <span m='133525'>It's</span> <span m='133950'>algae,</span> <span m='134600'>it's</span> <span m='136010'>biomass,</span> <span m='136850'>it's</span> <span m='137200'>corn.</span> </p><p><span m='137720'>So</span> <span m='138440'>even</span> <span m='139280'>once</span> <span m='139530'>things</span> <span m='139970'>start</span> <span m='140110'>changing,</span> <span m='141600'>as</span> <span m='141790'>an</span> <span m='141890'>engineer,</span> <span m='142530'>you'll</span> <span m='142720'>be</span> <span m='142890'>able</span> <span m='143120'>to</span> <span m='144770'>switch</span> <span m='144970'>to the</span> <span m='145090'>next</span> <span m='145900'>wave.</span> <span m='146330'>So you're</span> <span m='146570'>well-positioned,</span> <span m='147270'>whether</span> <span m='148170'>there's</span> <span m='148390'>some</span> <span m='148680'>big</span> <span m='148930'>change</span> <span m='149350'>in the</span> <span m='149440'>next</span> <span m='149680'>30,</span> <span m='149935'>40</span> <span m='150190'>years.</span> <span m='151240'>You</span> <span m='151330'>can</span> <span m='152080'>easily</span> <span m='152420'>get</span> <span m='152550'>into</span> <span m='152770'>that</span> <span m='154110'>field</span> <span m='155480'>with</span> <span m='156120'>a</span> <span m='156170'>chemical</span> <span m='156480'>engineering</span> <span m='156870'>degree.</span> </p><p><span m='157470'>One</span> <span m='157730'>thing</span> <span m='157920'>that</span> <span m='158050'>they</span> <span m='158140'>don't</span> <span m='158340'>tell</span> <span m='158510'>you</span> <span m='158660'>in</span> <span m='158770'>college,</span> <span m='159360'>is</span> <span m='160010'>that</span> <span m='160890'>work-life</span> <span m='161370'>balance is</span> <span m='161790'>very</span> <span m='161980'>much</span> <span m='162720'>established</span> <span m='163520'>for</span> <span m='163620'>each</span> <span m='163820'>person.</span> <span m='164740'>And</span> <span m='164940'>no</span> <span m='165120'>one</span> <span m='165410'>can't</span> <span m='165600'>tell</span> <span m='165820'>you</span> <span m='167801'>just</span> <span m='168200'>how</span> <span m='168330'>many</span> <span m='168540'>hours</span> <span m='169180'>you</span> <span m='169300'>have</span> <span m='169440'>to</span> <span m='169500'>work</span> <span m='169670'>to</span> <span m='169770'>be</span> <span m='169890'>happy.</span> <span m='170970'>And</span> <span m='171790'>companies-</span> <span m='172590'>if</span> <span m='172730'>you</span> <span m='173030'>choose</span> <span m='173290'>to</span> <span m='173380'>work</span> <span m='173530'>for</span> <span m='173750'>a</span> <span m='173780'>large</span> <span m='174050'>corporation,</span> <span m='174690'>they</span> <span m='174860'>will</span> <span m='175770'>take</span> <span m='175980'>as</span> <span m='176070'>much</span> <span m='176290'>as</span> <span m='176340'>you</span> <span m='176770'>allow them.</span> </p><p><span m='177200'>So</span> <span m='177280'>it's</span> <span m='177370'>important</span> <span m='177810'>to</span> <span m='177920'>know</span> <span m='178110'>what</span> <span m='178250'>makes</span> <span m='178480'>you</span> <span m='178620'>happy.</span> <span m='179560'>Realize</span> <span m='179930'>that</span> <span m='180110'>you're</span> <span m='180290'>working</span> <span m='181580'>to</span> <span m='181700'>live.</span> <span m='182210'>You don't</span> <span m='182300'>live</span> <span m='182460'>to</span> <span m='182570'>work.</span> <span m='183470'>And</span> <span m='184040'>you've</span> <span m='184250'>got to</span> <span m='184460'>set</span> <span m='184630'>that</span> <span m='184780'>boundary</span> <span m='185180'>early.</span> <span m='185500'>Otherwise,</span> <span m='186040'>you</span> <span m='186150'>might</span> <span m='186350'>find</span> <span m='186550'>yourself</span> <span m='187160'>working</span> <span m='187460'>crazy</span> <span m='187790'>hours,</span> <span m='188170'>very</span> <span m='188360'>unhappy.</span> <span m='190130'>And</span> <span m='190390'>you have to</span> <span m='190440'>step</span> <span m='190620'>back</span> <span m='191010'>and</span> <span m='191150'>say,</span> <span m='191770'>I'm</span> <span m='191880'>going</span> <span m='192000'>to</span> <span m='192060'>work</span> <span m='192290'>my</span> <span m='192870'>40 to</span> <span m='193140'>50</span> <span m='193440'>hours.</span> <span m='194330'>And</span> <span m='194610'>I'm going to enjoy</span> <span m='196540'>the</span> <span m='196600'>time</span> <span m='196840'>I</span> <span m='196930'>have</span> <span m='197160'>now.</span> <span m='197380'>And</span> <span m='197620'>that</span> <span m='197790'>I</span> <span m='198390'>am</span> <span m='198580'>fortunate</span> <span m='198880'>to</span> <span m='198950'>have</span> <span m='199120'>a</span> <span m='199170'>job,</span> <span m='199520'>and</span> <span m='199800'>enjoy</span> <span m='200090'>myself.</span> </p>","file":{"id":315639,"video_id":"2883651632001","name":"1554-Pamela-p-ChemicalEngineer2 In-depth","duration":201318,"thumbnail_url":null}});