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The time after graduating from college can be a stressful time as you try to find your first job. As a way to help you out, we have found that there are actually a lot of job opportunities for graduates with a chemical engineering degree. By scouring millions of job listings and scanning through 22,264 chemical engineering major resumes we were able to find the most preferred jobs by chemical engineering majors.

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1. Process Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Austin, TX;  Chandler, AZ;  Dallas, TX;  Hillsboro, OR;  Baton Rouge, LA;  San Diego, CA;  San Jose, CA;  Louisville, KY;  Rochester, NY;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

2. Chemical Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Cincinnati, OH;  Kingsport, TN;  Lexington, KY;  Cleveland, OH;  Baton Rouge, LA;  Cambridge, MA;  Colorado Springs, CO;  Des Plaines, IL;  Niskayuna, NY;  
Job Description:
Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.

3. Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  San Diego, CA;  Austin, TX;  Dallas, TX;  Los Angeles, CA;  Denver, CO;  Las Vegas, NV;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

4. Engineering Internship

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  San Diego, CA;  Dallas, TX;  San Jose, CA;  Philadelphia, PA;  Atlanta, GA;  San Francisco, CA;  Los Angeles, CA;  
Job Description:
Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.

5. Manufacturing Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Everett, WA;  Wichita, KS;  Savannah, GA;  Tulsa, OK;  Fort Worth, TX;  Charleston, SC;  Waterloo, IA;  Irvine, CA;  Jacksonville, FL;  
Job Description:
A Manufacturing Engineer plans, designs, sets up, and monitors the manufacturing processes. They work in various sectors, such as plastics, oil, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.
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6. Project Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  Chicago, IL;  San Diego, CA;  Denver, CO;  Dallas, TX;  San Francisco, CA;  Atlanta, GA;  Tulsa, OK;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

7. Quality Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Grand Rapids, MI;  Irvine, CA;  Warsaw, IN;  Louisville, KY;  Cincinnati, OH;  San Antonio, TX;  Auburn Hills, MI;  Austin, TX;  San Diego, CA;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

8. Chemical Engineering Internship

Top Locations:
Golden, CO;  Anoka, MN;  Atlanta, GA;  Bend, OR;  Chicago, IL;  Des Plaines, IL;  Houston, TX;  Pittsburgh, PA;  Saint Louis, MO;  Allentown, PA;  
Job Description:
Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.

9. Research And Development Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Cincinnati, OH;  Arlington Heights, IL;  Irvine, CA;  Marlborough, MA;  Boulder, CO;  Chicago, IL;  San Jose, CA;  Santa Clara, CA;  Franklin Lakes, NJ;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

10. Process Engineer Internship

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  New York, NY;  San Jose, CA;  Atlanta, GA;  Fremont, CA;  Philadelphia, PA;  San Diego, CA;  Washington, DC;  Austin, TX;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

11. Chemist

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Indianapolis, IN;  Lancaster, PA;  Cincinnati, OH;  San Diego, CA;  Saint Louis, MO;  Irvine, CA;  New York, NY;  Morgantown, WV;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Chemists and materials scientists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and the ways in which the substances interact with one another. They use their knowledge to develop new and improved products and to test the quality of manufactured goods.

12. Laboratory Technician

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  San Antonio, TX;  Indianapolis, IN;  Salt Lake City, UT;  Saint Louis, MO;  Philadelphia, PA;  Chicago, IL;  San Diego, CA;  Baltimore, MD;  
Job Description:
Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.

13. Field Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Midland, TX;  San Antonio, TX;  Oklahoma City, OK;  Odessa, TX;  Williston, ND;  New York, NY;  Atlanta, GA;  Casper, WY;  Denver, CO;  
Job Description:
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment. Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems—from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs).

14. Research Scientist

Top Locations:
Seattle, WA;  New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Cambridge, MA;  San Diego, CA;  Atlanta, GA;  Boston, MA;  Los Angeles, CA;  Dallas, TX;  Durham, NC;  
Job Description:
Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

15. Plant Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Louisville, KY;  Corpus Christi, TX;  Baltimore, MD;  Baton Rouge, LA;  Chicago, IL;  Huntsville, AL;  San Diego, CA;  Wichita, KS;  Denver, CO;  
Job Description:
Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products.

16. Development Engineer

Top Locations:
Warsaw, IN;  Houston, TX;  Austin, TX;  New York, NY;  San Diego, CA;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  Auburn Hills, MI;  San Jose, CA;  Seattle, WA;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

17. Product Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Auburn Hills, MI;  Austin, TX;  Dallas, TX;  San Jose, CA;  New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Livonia, MI;  Philadelphia, PA;  Santa Clara, CA;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

18. Co-Operations Engineer

Top Locations:
Cincinnati, OH;  Louisville, KY;  Philadelphia, PA;  Rochester, NY;  Pittsburgh, PA;  Houston, TX;  Warsaw, IN;  Birmingham, AL;  Dayton, OH;  Cleveland, OH;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

19. Research Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  San Diego, CA;  Atlanta, GA;  New York, NY;  Rochester, NY;  Salt Lake City, UT;  Hampton, VA;  Tempe, AZ;  Austin, TX;  Boston, MA;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

20. Environmental Engineer

Top Locations:
Atlanta, GA;  New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Philadelphia, PA;  Seattle, WA;  Pittsburgh, PA;  Jackson, MS;  Salt Lake City, UT;  Beaumont, TX;  Buffalo, NY;  
Job Description:
Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control.

21. Production Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Midland, TX;  Denver, CO;  Georgetown, KY;  Oklahoma City, OK;  Tulsa, OK;  Chicago, IL;  Los Angeles, CA;  New York, NY;  San Antonio, TX;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

22. Sales Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Atlanta, GA;  Austin, TX;  New York, NY;  Denver, CO;  Fort Wayne, IN;  Chicago, IL;  Dallas, TX;  San Diego, CA;  Charlotte, NC;  
Job Description:
Sales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses. They must have extensive knowledge of the products’ parts and functions and must understand the scientific processes that make these products work.

23. Research Assistant

Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Boston, MA;  Chicago, IL;  Washington, DC;  Los Angeles, CA;  Philadelphia, PA;  Ann Arbor, MI;  Atlanta, GA;  Baltimore, MD;  San Diego, CA;  
Job Description:
A Research Assistant helps carry out a particular research agenda. They are generally found in the social science or laboratory setting.

24. Product Development Engineer

Top Locations:
Lisle, IL;  Dearborn, MI;  Warsaw, IN;  Austin, TX;  Houston, TX;  San Diego, CA;  West Chester, PA;  Overland Park, KS;  Grand Rapids, MI;  Philadelphia, PA;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

25. Process Development Engineer

Top Locations:
Minneapolis, MN;  Durham, NC;  Rochester, NY;  San Jose, CA;  Hillsboro, OR;  Houston, TX;  Madison, WI;  Plymouth, MN;  Cambridge, MA;  Hutchinson, MN;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

26. Material Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Lexington, KY;  Cambridge, MA;  Dearborn, MI;  San Diego, CA;  Syracuse, IN;  Ann Arbor, MI;  Charlotte, NC;  Salt Lake City, UT;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials used to create a wide range of products, from computer chips and aircraft wings to golf clubs and biomedical devices. They study the properties and structures of metals, ceramics, plastics, composites, nanomaterials (extremely small substances), and other substances to create new materials that meet certain mechanical, electrical, and chemical requirements.

27. Research Internship

Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  Boston, MA;  Chicago, IL;  Philadelphia, PA;  San Diego, CA;  Los Angeles, CA;  Houston, TX;  Baltimore, MD;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.

28. Research Associate

Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Washington, DC;  San Diego, CA;  Las Vegas, NV;  Boston, MA;  Chicago, IL;  San Francisco, CA;  Los Angeles, CA;  Philadelphia, PA;  Cambridge, MA;  
Job Description:
A Research Associate plans, organizes, and conducts research in scientific, cultural, historical, or artistic. They conduct literature, collect and analyze data, and recruit and/or interview new people.

29. Senior Process Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Hillsboro, OR;  San Jose, CA;  Chandler, AZ;  Fremont, CA;  Rio Rancho, NM;  Austin, TX;  Santa Clara, CA;  Greenville, SC;  Baton Rouge, LA;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

30. Chemical Operator

Top Locations:
Augusta, GA;  Saint Louis, MO;  Houston, TX;  Cincinnati, OH;  Newark, NJ;  Greensboro, NC;  Greenville, SC;  Indianapolis, IN;  Spartanburg, SC;  Nitro, WV;  

31. Manufacturing Engineering Internship

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Anoka, MN;  San Diego, CA;  Grand Rapids, MI;  Irvine, CA;  Los Angeles, CA;  Fremont, CA;  Lafayette, IN;  San Jose, CA;  Detroit, MI;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

32. Process Control Engineer

Top Locations:
Wayne, PA;  El Paso, TX;  Tulsa, OK;  Baton Rouge, LA;  Memphis, TN;  Baytown, TX;  Birmingham, AL;  Clayton, NC;  Crescent Valley, NV;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

33. Application Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  San Jose, CA;  Austin, TX;  Dallas, TX;  Atlanta, GA;  Charlotte, NC;  Chicago, IL;  Milwaukee, WI;  New York, NY;  Salt Lake City, UT;  
Job Description:
Sales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses. They must have extensive knowledge of the products’ parts and functions and must understand the scientific processes that make these products work.

34. Mechanical Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  San Diego, CA;  Boston, MA;  Pittsburgh, PA;  Saint Louis, MO;  Chicago, IL;  Philadelphia, PA;  Orlando, FL;  Rochester, NY;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

35. Engineering Associate

Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Pittsburgh, PA;  Atlanta, GA;  Columbia, SC;  Los Angeles, CA;  Austin, TX;  Houston, TX;  Peoria, IL;  San Diego, CA;  
Job Description:
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.

36. Design Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Wichita, KS;  San Diego, CA;  Everett, WA;  Cincinnati, OH;  New York, NY;  Portland, OR;  Atlanta, GA;  Indianapolis, IN;  San Jose, CA;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

37. Industrial Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Everett, WA;  Indianapolis, IN;  North Charleston, SC;  Fort Worth, TX;  Memphis, TN;  Pascagoula, MS;  Atlanta, GA;  Dallas, TX;  Detroit, MI;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

38. Laboratory Assistant

Top Locations:
New York, NY;  San Diego, CA;  Boston, MA;  Los Angeles, CA;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  Davis, CA;  Madison, WI;  Berkeley, CA;  Seattle, WA;  
Job Description:
Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.

39. Packaging Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Cincinnati, OH;  Minneapolis, MN;  Rochester, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Battle Creek, MI;  Detroit, MI;  Neenah, WI;  New York, NY;  Trumbull, CT;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

40. Software Engineer

Top Locations:
San Francisco, CA;  New York, NY;  Austin, TX;  San Diego, CA;  San Jose, CA;  Seattle, WA;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  Boston, MA;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

41. Systems Engineer

Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Dallas, TX;  Atlanta, GA;  Austin, TX;  Washington, DC;  San Diego, CA;  Huntsville, AL;  Chicago, IL;  Charlotte, NC;  
Job Description:
Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

42. Graduate Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Austin, TX;  San Antonio, TX;  Atlanta, GA;  Dallas, TX;  Versailles, KY;  Ann Arbor, MI;  Arlington, TX;  Boron, CA;  Clemson, SC;  
Job Description:
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment. Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems—from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs).

43. Reliability Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  San Diego, CA;  Philadelphia, PA;  Solon, OH;  Chicago, IL;  East Chicago, IN;  Fort Dodge, IA;  Huntsville, AL;  Los Angeles, CA;  Orlando, FL;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

44. Petroleum Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Denver, CO;  Midland, TX;  Bakersfield, CA;  Casper, WY;  Austin, TX;  Golden, CO;  Dallas, TX;  Fort Worth, TX;  Lafayette, LA;  
Job Description:
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.

45. Associate Process Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Aliso Viejo, CA;  Atlanta, GA;  Durham, NC;  Greensboro, NC;  Rancho Cordova, CA;  Andover, MA;  Ankeny, IA;  Anniston, AL;  Artesia, NM;  
Job Description:
Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.

46. Senior Chemical Engineer

Top Locations:
Ann Arbor, MI;  Austin, TX;  Houston, TX;  Irvine, CA;  Kansas City, MO;  New York, NY;  Schenectady, NY;  Storrs, CT;  Aiken, SC;  Akron, OH;  
Job Description:
Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.

47. Programming Engineer

Top Locations:
Erie, PA;  Houston, TX;  Louisville, KY;  Troy, MI;  Auburn Hills, MI;  Cincinnati, OH;  Warren, MI;  Farmington Hills, MI;  Greenville, SC;  Austin, TX;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

48. Quality Assurance Engineer

Top Locations:
San Francisco, CA;  New York, NY;  San Jose, CA;  Austin, TX;  Atlanta, GA;  Sunnyvale, CA;  Chicago, IL;  Santa Clara, CA;  Dallas, TX;  Seattle, WA;  
Job Description:
A Quality Assurance Engineer develops and executes exploratory and automated tests for new and existing products to meet client needs. They monitor the debugging process and track quality assurance metrics.

49. Data Analyst

Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  Washington, DC;  Boston, MA;  Austin, TX;  Charlotte, NC;  Dallas, TX;  San Francisco, CA;  
Job Description:
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve the efficiency of an organization. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

50. Process Safety Engineer

Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Allentown, PA;  Detroit, MI;  Irvine, CA;  Metropolis, IL;  Toledo, OH;  Aiken, SC;  Anchorage, AK;  Baltimore, MD;  Batesville, AR;  
Job Description:
Health and safety engineers develop procedures and design systems to prevent people from getting sick or injured and to keep property from being damaged. They combine knowledge of systems engineering and of health and safety to make sure that chemicals, machinery, software, furniture, and other consumer products will not cause harm to people or damage to buildings.

Chemical Engineering Major Jobs

Average Salary For a Chemical Engineering Major

Depending on the industry that chemical engineering majors work in, their salaries can vary significantly. In fact, we found that chemical engineering majors who work in the automotive industry have an average salary of $71,117, while those who work in the finance industry have an average salary of $34,407. If salary is the most important thing to you, then you should look for jobs in the automotive industry.

Average Salary
$59,479
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Automotive
Automotive
$71,117
$71k
Technology
Technology
$70,665
$71k
Construction
Construction
$68,296
$68k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$66,750
$67k
Health Care
Health Care
$47,293
$47k

Entry Level Jobs For Chemical Engineering Majors

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How To Get A Job With A Chemical Engineering Degree

Congratulations on earning your degree in Chemical Engineering, making you a prime candidate for a technical career in almost any industry -- and since technology is always changing and expanding, the job market's need for electrical engineers grows simultaneously.

But now that you've got your diploma in hand you realize that this was all the easy part -- well, sort of -- and now the job of getting a job starts.

Which special field do you want? Where are you going to work? And how do you get a position in your field?

Basically, what now?

Well, that's where we come in. We literally created a career map just for Chemical Engineering Majors such as yourself -- to aid your navigation of the choppy waters of recent graduation.

Feel free to focus on the map alone -- it's pretty cool, if we do say so ourselves. But for those of you who prefer a more involved technical manual, keep reading. We'll give you the rundown on:

  • What skills you'll need
  • How to begin
  • What jobs you can expect to find as an Engineering Major
  • Some quick interview tips
  • Consider graduate school
  • External resources

First thing's first: what skills you'll need to get started.

1. Skills for Chemical Engineering Majors

You've chosen a degree that, while specialized, also trains you to think and apply your skills to a broad spectrum of solutions. You develop the ability to use specialist knowledge creatively and innovatively to solve problems as well as a sense of pragmatism to turn a concept into reality;

And beyond personal development and simply learning how to learn, employers want to see that you have the ability to reflect, realize, and grow based off of your experiences.

But as far as the specifics for your field go, we've got this list of common skills found on electrical engineer and design resumes">, with examples from experienced resumes as well as general skills.

Common skills on electrical engineering resumes

These are some of the most common skills and words we find -- if you want to make a solid impression on principals or see what the competition is listing, here you go:

  • Safety
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Analytical Methos
  • Autocad
  • Project Scope

Soft Skills and Abilities

Your soft skills are going to be similar to the other STEM studies. All of these majors require an ability to remain precise on the smallest pieces of colossal projects, acting as impartially as possible while making use of provable, observable information in your day-to-day work life.

Whether you're working as an electrical engineer, a project manager, or taking your degree to a professional school, applying these skills to real world learning opportunities yields a more robust and balanced career.

Here are some of the common skills that you should have when trying to get a job -- be sure to explain how you have them in your interviews..

Attention to detail. You design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products -- and you have an ability to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

You have a head for numbers, and spotting and correcting mistakes at every step in the process is second nature to you. This is certainly a skill that other professions can lay some sort of claim to, but when it comes to the practice of engineering, you're in many cases dealing with people's lives.

Team and interpersonal skills. It's not often that you get to pull the lone ranger act during the practice of engineering. Typically, you'll be working as part of a team while completing projects, and your ability to play nicely with others is integral to your capacity for succeeding in the field at large. It's also integral to getting anything at all accomplished on a day-to-day basis.

This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Problem-solving and analysis. This is the big one. The majority of your work will be on projects that, in a nutshell, require you to find a solution to some sort of problem based on the skills you've developed.

While most jobs can (at a basic level) be broken down to that description, with chemical engineering you tend to have a much clearer idea of whether or not your solution works, as the problem you're solving is often clear.

2. Where to Begin Your Career After Getting Education Degree

Get a'hustling before you graduate.

Your Professional Engineer licensure

Get a jump on your Professional Engineer (PE) licensure by completing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs).

Take it while it's fresh, so you can start your four years of experience before taking the final test and becoming a PE.

Internships

When you're just getting started in the engineering field, there's two things you're going to want to keep an eye on: I) internships, and II) placements.

Most people are aware of what an internship is -- you work with a company on a provisional (and typically, but not always, unpaid) basis, and attempt to parlay that experience into either a job at the same location or as the basis for your full employment at a different location.

These are usually short affairs, often no longer than a month but sometimes stretching to half a year depending on the difficulty and competitiveness of the position/company.

Placements

Placements are the same basic concept with a few small changes. For one thing, they're typically longer, lasting for about one year. They can be either paid or unpaid, but either way they typically make up the third year of a four year degree -- a change from internships, which are usually part-time and completed either alongside or immediately following a degree.

At this point we like to list the kind of internships available to people with this degree, but there's not much point to that when it comes to Chemical Engineering. Placements and internships exist in essentially every subgroup of engineering, provided that there is a company around to offer them.

So whatever your engineering specialty, there's almost certainly a placement or internship available to you somewhere out there -- depending on how specific your chosen discipline is, it's more just a matter of how far you're willing to move for it, and how qualified of a candidate you are.

Before you settle on an internship or placement, though, you'll want to make sure it's the right fit for you. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Where (in the state/the country/the world) do you want to work?
  • What size and type of organization do you want to work for?
  • Do you need compensation in an internship, or might you be able to consider alternative compensation (experience, work samples, references, networking, etc.)
  • Is relocation an option?

Understand and be creative with how you approach the job market

Engineers are some of the most employable workers in the nation, but competition is fierce.

Internships, placements, and first jobs might not be there for you exactly where you want them to be -- keep trying, and keep working. Don't give yourself an employment gap that you have to explain in an interview with "I was too choosy. Now I'm desperate and willing to settle."

Keep in mind that your degree doesn't limit you to working as an engineer. Employ your skills to analyze employer needs and present an argument why you are the best person for the job, whether it's directly related to engineering or not.

Take a short-term or contract job if you have to

These might not be ideal, but they're a solid way to get your foot in the door. They frequently serve as contract-to-hire and give you a time to determine whether the employer is a good match before you commit to a long-term position.

Remember, there are bad experiences, but there's no such thing as bad experience.

3. Jobs for Chemical Engineers

Most employers take on graduate chemical engineers with a view to developing your specialist knowledge further. In these companies you can expect to work alongside engineers from other disciplines, but your role will be to provide electrical engineering expertise.

Your background in the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics gives you an ability to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products.

It's a multifaceted discipline, so it needs some focus.

With our career map, you can click the Job Titles and learn more specific information for each position (what their responsibilities are, how much they get paid, etc.).

Process Engineer

You'll design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.

You'll frequently conduct research to develop new and improved manufacturing processes, develop safety procedures for those working with dangerous chemicals by using controlled chemical processes.

To do so, you'll need to solve problems like how to meet certain quality standards while minimizing costs, or coordinating production teams and reviewing production schedules.

Project Engineer.

The project engineer oversees many specialist engineers throughout the construction of a working prototype of a new product or technology. The project engineer must have natural leadership ability, as well as a high proficiency in a variety of electrical engineering disciplines.

You'll be tasked with preparing bid documents for contractors, maintaining project schedules, supervising resources such as maintenance, engineering, and production personnel as well as contractors for project installations.

Project Manager

Project managers have the responsibility of the planning, procurement and execution of a project, in any domain of engineering. Project managers are first point of contact for any issues or discrepancies arising from within the heads of various departments.

As a PM, you'll be responsible for developing and maintaining project plans to include work breakdown structures, resource assignments, resource hours, projected task completion dates for each assigned resource, overall completion dates and assumptions.

That sounds complicated -- but you're an engineer, and complications are your thing.

4. Some Quick Job Search Tips for Chemical Engineering Majors

These are the most important words you're going to hear: never stop hustling.

Your degree is a combination of theory and practical application, which has trained you think through problems and then apply your ideas in any number of real life situations. You learn to identify problems and develop a variety of solutions, which makes you suitable for any manner of position.

Get practical experience.

Whether it be through internships, year in industry placements, or entry level positions, the most helpful thing when it comes to finding a full-time position is to rack up industry experience wherever and whenever you can.

As mentioned above, placements are often a requirement of four-year degrees, which can be extremely helpful in this regard. But in either case, make sure that you are always on the lookout for anything that might help you get a little more experience/resume fodder.

Talk to your school and see if they have any resources to help you find something along these lines (they typically do). If you're lucky, they may be able to get you in touch with certain alumni working in the field, and they can often assist you with building your resume to industry standards.

Be relevant. Check blogs daily, like Industrial Design Served, core77, Gizmodo, Engadget, and MocoLoco

Your portfolio can take many forms, but one of the best options is a professional website -- even if it's just on a free blogging website, it's helpful to have something interactive that's easy for potential employers to access. Plus anyone googling you has an increased chance of encountering your work directly, which is always a plus.

Network, network, and network

The most useful thing you can do to get a job in any field is, plain and simple, to know somebody at your desired company or firm -- this can be from an internship, college classes, or a professional organization on campus.

Job fairs allow you to find open positions, learn about hiring practices and refine your application documents. You should always bring copies of your resume and spend as much time as possible at the event.

Join a good professional organization like some of those listed at the end of this page and take advantage of every resource at their disposal. And wherever possible, just talk to people, and be friendly. You'd be surprised at how far a little communication goes.

5. Continuing Education and Certifications in Education

Earning a in a specialized engineering field is very common, and some students continue on for their PhD in order to be eligible to teach at the college level. Obtaining a graduate degree in your course of study can serve as an excellent way to separate you from the herd and specialize - but you must first decide whether it's worth your time.

Like many other forms of engineering, chemical engineering can be pursued within undergraduate school, likely as one of the potential options within the school's college engineering department. A bachelor's might be enough to get the electrical engineer into a good position within the field.

But academics, there are three sorts of credentials available to you: licenses, registrations, and certifications. The first two of these are mandatory, while the certification depends on your own individual wants and needs.

Licensures

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers -- but a Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one's career.

Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public.

Also, many states require that individuals teaching engineering must also be licensed. Exemptions to state laws are under attack, and in the future, those in education, as well as industry and government, may need to be licensed to practice.

To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from their state's licensure board completing the following:

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from college, making you an engineer in training (EIT) or engineer intern (EI).

After getting the work experience, you can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state's requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Certifications are rarely required, but many engineers suggest CAD or MATLAB to put you ahead of the pack when it comes to hiring. Each specialty requires a different degree of experience, so be sure to carefully research the requirements before beginning a class.

Master's Degree

A master's degree has a few notable perks for educators beyond developing a broader understanding of the field. First off, it makes you more marketable as an employee -- it's one of the first things to separate you from the pack.

And not only do hiring managers know that you've got a higher level of education, but they also know you likely won't be leaving soon to pursue one.

Good for bolstering your practical skills, especially if you are looking to specialize in an area that you can't land a job in. Be wary of taking on extra debt, however -- a post-graduate internship (or even entry-level employment) may be a better choice from a simple experience perspective. As always, this depends on your personal situation and engineering specialty.

Bottom line: if you're fed up with academia and have a shot at a good job, skip the MS. If you want to more deeply explore a fascinating line of research, or the job market is soft, get the MS.

Doctorate level

It's a requirement for academia and teaching at the collegiate level -- and many states require that individuals teaching engineering must also be licensed. Exemptions to state laws are under attack, and in the future, those in education, as well as industry and government, may need to be licensed to practice.

It adds another layer to your specialization, and if you really want to do R&D, the best way to get the required credentials, respect, and autonomy you need is via a PhD -- which will also lend itself to the research and publication that comes with R&D. That said, it's not a strict requirement for R&D.

The decision of whether or not to pursue a PhD over the years of experience, or even a MS and experience, depends on the type of career you want.

Bottom line: can be useful, but it's often more relevant if your intention is to remain in academia or R&D.

6. External Resources

If you're still not sure what to do with your degree here are some external sites, to help you with your decision:

AlChE

The professional society is geared toward chemical engineers, working across a wide-spectrum of specific fields. The website is a great place to begin exploring courses, webinars, articles, technical presentations, and much more.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

One of the largest professional organizations dedicated to engineering. Their primary concern, as described on their website, is the "protection of the public health, safety, and welfare above all other considerations," and for the practice of engineering to be practiced in an ethical and competent way.

American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES)

Another professional organization for engineers. The AAES was founded in the 1970s and, similar to the NSPE, focuses on no single branch of engineering, preferring a broader approach to supporting the field.

USAJobs

Enter "Chemical Engineer" into the search bar and you can get a sense of what kind of government jobs are available to Chemical Engineering majors. Find a job title you like and come back here to learn more about it.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The BLS offers detailed data on pay, location, and availability of different kinds of jobs across the country. In fact, we draw a lot of our research on the best places for jobs from the information provided on the site.

And if this all seems like a lot - don't worry - the hard part (getting your degree!) is already over.

Updated July 15, 2020