Chemical Engineering- Career Overview

What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical Engineers change raw materials into valuable products on an industrial scale.

  • Chemical Engineering Touches Everything

Chemical engineers work in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petroleum & petrochemicals, food processing, specialty chemicals, microelectronics, electronic and advanced materials, polymers, business services, biotechnology, and environmental health and safety industries, among others.

  • What are Some Specific Job Functions of Chemical Engineers?

  • Chemical Engineers are Concerned with PROCESSES and PRODUCTS.


  • Making chemicals and pharmaceuticals
  • Processing polymers and foodstuffs
  • Energy generation
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Environmental clean-up

Process Design:

  • Inventing a new process
  • Designing the equipment for a process
  • Operating a process
  • Improving a process


  • Chemicals - petrol, ammonia, methanol
  • Polymers - polythene, PVC, synthetic fibres
  • Consumer products - shampoo, washing powder
  • Foodstuffs - ice cream, chocolate, beer
  • Pharmaceuticals - paracetamol, penicillin

Product Design:

  • Choosing a product for an application
  • Designing the product
  • Improving the product

Sources: University of Cambridge, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Texvyn.wordpress, etc.