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Chemical engineers take chemistry out of the laboratory and into the real world. They are involved in evaluating methods and equipment for the mass production of chemicals and other materials requiring chemical processing. They also develop products from these materials, such as plastics, metals, gasoline, detergents, pharmaceuticals, and foodstuffs. They develop or improve safe, environmentally sound processes, determine the least costly production method, and formulate the material for easy use and safe, economic transportation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2015 there were approximately 32,230 chemical engineers working in the United States.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
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Manager, or Consultant, or Professor

Experienced Chemical Engineer

Project or Production Chemical Engineer

Engineer Trainee or Process Engineer

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