What They Do
From gasoline to pet food, chemical engineers are responsible for the development and production of the plastics, paper, dyes, drugs, food and fertilizers that are major components in our modern life. They invent new processes, improve existing ones and design and operate the plants and equipment needed to transform raw materials into useful products.
Where They Work
Chemical engineers are employed by chemical producers, petroleum companies, pharmaceutical companies, the cosmetics industry, electronics and food processers, government agencies, manufacturing plants, aerospace companies, the automotive industry, microelectronic devices and textiles.
What They Earn
Chemical engineers typically earn between $53,730 and $130,240 annually, with an average salary of $84,680.