# Best Jobs for Chemical Engineering Graduates

If you have a chemical engineering degree, count yourself lucky: you have many career options available to you. So many, in fact, it can be hard to know which to pick! Chemical engineering graduates are needed in a wide variety of industries, from oil and gas to food processing to pharmaceuticals. This list goes through some of your options, including what you can do and how much you can earn. Salaries are accurate as of February 2021.

## 1. Mining Engineer

Although many people think that mining engineering is only for geological engineers, there are actually plenty of opportunities for chemical engineers in the industry too. The expertise that chemical engineering graduates have is needed to manage and optimize processes, equipment, and product quality, such as when raw ore is broken into smaller pieces during the milling process. Mining engineers usually go into mines a lot instead of staying in the office, so as a mining engineer, you might even go underground! Certainly not for those with claustrophobia.

## 3. Petroleum Engineer

There are many roles where a chemical engineering graduate could fit in as a petroleum engineer at an oil and gas company, including production engineer, reservoir engineer, or project engineer. Many chemical engineering students receive training that would prepare them specifically for many aspects of these roles. Production engineers are responsible for optimizing oil and gas production so that the most profit can be earned while cutting operations and maintenance costs. Reservoir engineers evaluate oil and gas reservoirs to determine their financial viability. Setting up and designing projects that help produce or refine oil and gas, including pipelines, tanks, and other pressure vessels, is taken care of by project engineers.

## 5. Consulting Engineer

Many organizations have engineering problems, and often they don’t have the knowledge in-house to take care of them. That’s where consulting engineers come in. Consulting engineers work in all kinds of industries, but as a chemical engineering graduate you are more likely to work with a consulting engineering company that specializes in projects related to - surprise, surprise - chemical engineering, such as oil and gas or mining.

## 7. Water Treatment Engineer

Water is one of the planet’s most important resources. Besides being used for drinking, water is used in agriculture, manufacturing, and thousands of other industries. As such, it needs to be protected and managed now so that it can be enjoyed by future generations. Water that people use for drinking can come from a contaminated reservoir, requiring treatment before it can be consumed. Contaminated water produced by the resource extraction industries needs to be dealt with before it can be disposed of. The list goes on.

Chemical engineering graduates fit perfectly in the water treatment industry. While studying chemical engineering, they may receive training in process engineering, biochemistry, and waste treatment, all of which are in demand in the water treatment industry. They work with communities, governments, and private organizations to design and maintain systems that will meet their specific water treatment needs.

American water treatment engineers earn an average of $88,771 per year. ## 8. Production Engineer Many production processes have a lot of moving parts, and when something goes wrong, the process can grind to a halt. Production engineers are responsible for monitoring equipment and production processes, and troubleshooting any problems that may come up. . Much like process engineers, they may also work to find ways to improve and optimize processes. Chemical engineering graduates are well suited to production engineering because, as part of any chemical engineering degree, students must intimately know the ins and outs of a process, how to design equipment, how to improve a process, and how to solve problems. Production engineers often work under pressure, because the longer a process is shut down, the more money is lost. It can be a stressful job when things go wrong, but it’s very rewarding when you keep your processes running smoothly! In the United States, production engineers earn an average of$88,020 per year. Their job outlook is good, as there is an expected job growth of 10% in their field between 2019 and 2029.

There are so many different opportunities for chemical engineering graduates in such a wide range of industries that you can make your career (almost) anything you want! While each role will present unique challenges and requirements to overcome, no matter what role you choose, as a chemical engineering graduate you will have an extremely rewarding career.