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CHEMICAL ENGINEER: Browse Through The Catalog Of Engineering Options

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Katie is a chemical engineer working in Research and Development for an electronic component manufacturer. Her interest in chemical engineering was spawned from the merging of her two interests in chemistry and math. Katie's day involves conducting experiments in the laboratory and analyzing the data that she receives from the results.

Degree: Chemical Engineering
Job Title: Chemical Engineer

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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Quick Facts

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

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='12450'>your</span> <span m='12580'>computer</span> <span m='13260'>or</span> <span m='13520'>the</span> <span m='13640'>electronics</span> <span m='14220'>in</span> <span m='14280'>your</span> <span m='14410'>car.</span> <span m='15490'>And</span> <span m='15920'>I'm</span> <span m='16140'>in</span> <span m='16400'>aerospace</span> <span m='16675'>and</span> <span m='16950'>defense,</span> <span m='17430'>so</span> <span m='17760'>I</span> <span m='17870'>work</span> <span m='18190'>on</span> <span m='19070'>basically</span> <span m='19530'>making</span> <span m='19820'>the</span> <span m='19920'>wires</span> <span m='20370'>that</span> <span m='20530'>go</span> <span m='20710'>into</span> <span m='21020'>the</span> <span m='21120'>entertainment</span> <span m='21790'>systems</span> <span m='22430'>in</span> <span m='22690'>airplanes.</span> </p><p><span m='23610'>On</span> <span m='24000'>a</span> <span m='24300'>typical</span> <span m='24440'>day</span> <span m='24640'>I'll</span> <span m='24810'>go</span> <span m='24960'>into</span> <span m='25180'>the</span> <span m='25310'>lab</span> <span m='25580'>part</span> <span m='25780'>of</span> <span m='25880'>the</span> <span m='25950'>day</span> <span m='26290'>and</span> <span m='27000'>do</span> <span m='27140'>some</span> <span m='27320'>experiments</span> <span m='27730'>and</span> <span m='28140'>gather</span> <span m='28470'>data</span> <span m='28770'>and</span> <span m='29756'>just</span> <span m='30250'>test</span> <span m='30560'>out</span> <span m='30780'>different</span> <span m='31880'>kinds</span> <span m='32140'>of</span> <span m='32220'>properties.</span> <span m='33010'>And</span> <span m='34130'>then</span> <span m='34310'>I'll</span> <span m='34450'>go</span> <span m='34580'>back</span> <span m='34870'>and</span> <span m='34980'>analyze</span> <span m='35370'>that</span> <span m='35530'>data</span> <span m='35900'>and</span> <span m='35920'>look</span> <span m='36170'>over</span> <span 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