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Chemical Engineer

Average Salary: $78,475

Chemical engineers understand how to use chemistry for practical applications, such as making industrial products like plastics and ceramics. In the water sector, they help design complex chemical systems to purify and disinfect water. The chemistry of that water is very important for public health. Chemical engineers often work for consulting firms and provide these services

  • designing and implementing water treatment processes;
  • overseeing changes in the chemical treatment processes;
  • helping the agency respond to changes in legal requirement.

Education: Four or five-year degree in chemical engineering
Certificates, licenses: Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.)
Entry-level opportunities: Yes, with above education
Desirable traits and skills: Strong in science and math, especially chemistry; analytical; strong written and communication skills

For more information:
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
3 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016-5991

American Chemical Society
Department of Career Services
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036