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Industrial chemists make use of their broad understanding of chemistry and environmental sustainability in areas like pharmaceutical companies, polymer manufacturing, petrochemical processing, food science, and manufacturing industries.
As far as engineers go, this is definitely the white lab coat brigade. Industrial chemists love a laboratory – they love creating new chemicals and materials, monitoring the quality of chemicals and materials and chemistry really turns them on!
Food scientists study everything to do with food from the flavours and nutrition content to product development, consuer appeal, food storage and safety.
If you love science and you’re interested in food production and preparation, this could be an ideal career for you. Food Science could involve enhancing the taste, making it last longer, making sure it’s safe to eat, or even boosting its nutritional content.
The discipline ‘chemical engineering’ is often used to describe a really broad area of engineering. It’s hardly surprising then that chemical engineers are known as ‘universal engineers’.
Do you think you’re interested in becoming a chemical engineer? Great choice. We think you’ll love it. But to be sure, there are some things you should know about chemical engineering which might help you decide one way or the other.