A chemical engineering degree develops technical and transferable skills that can lead to a range of jobs in business, finance and law, as well as engineering...
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Work experience is a valuable way of getting first-hand knowledge of specialised industries. If you are undecided about the area of chemical engineering you want to work in, try to get an industrial placement to get an idea of what is available. This may be a placement that is part of your degree course or one you set up yourself during the summer. Work experience is often available in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical and food and drink industries. Check out the careers section of company websites for more information.
If you are looking for relevant work experience abroad, look at the possibilities available through IAESTE (The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) .
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Employers are as diverse as the products they produce and cover a broad range of industrial sectors. Any company involved in large-scale conversion of raw materials into a product will require chemical development engineers.
Major employers are those in gas and oil extraction, oil refining, nuclear and other power generation, and other process industries, including pharmaceuticals, fine and heavy chemicals and agrochemicals. Other manufacturing industries that need chemical engineers include those supplying food and drink, toiletries, pulp and paper, plastic and metals, and fibres and polymers.
Many chemical development engineers work for engineering consultancy and contracting firms. Engineers are also well equipped for business roles and go into careers in financial services, management or law.
In addition to specific technical knowledge, a chemical engineering degree also provides a sound theoretical basis for introducing new technology and advancing existing technology. You also gain an awareness of the global and societal context in which engineering solutions are applied.
Transferable skills that would be useful in a wide range of engineering and business-related roles include:
Some chemical engineering graduates go on to further study in order to gain professional status as a chartered engineer (CEng) or incorporated engineer (IEng), which helps to boost career prospects. For more information on further training, see the:
Apart from the professional qualifications that can be completed, some graduates choose postgraduate study in other areas such as design, science or management.
Half of recent graduates from chemical engineering degrees find work in the UK as production and process engineers. Other engineering occupations featuring in the top five include civil engineers and design and development engineers.
|Working and studying||4.7%|
|Engineering and building||67.4%|
|Business, HR and financial||6.5%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||5.6%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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