Is chemical engineering right for me?

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.

Chemical Engineers design the equipment and processes needed to efficiently create viable products out of raw materials. They work in many different industries in locations all over the world. Sound good? Well read on…

What do chemical engineers learn?

When you are studying chemical engineering you’ll focus on ways to put chemicals to work and improve outcomes. You’ll learn skills in things like:

  • Engineering and technology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Production and processing
  • Computers and electronics
  • Machines and mechanics

What skills should I have as a chemical engineer?

Chances are if you are still reading this you could add chemical engineering to your shortlist. If you think you’d make a great chemical engineer, you need to check that you have the following:

  • problem solving skills
  • a love of maths and chemistry
  • ability to approach problems using logic and reasoning
  • technical and practical aptitude
  • ability to analyse how things work
  • accuracy, with an eye for detail
  • ability to work to strict safety standards
  • the desire to succeed, and work hard to do so.

Why not check out our section on What is Chemical Engineering? to see what chemical engineers do and find out about the massive amount of career choices you would have with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Check out ‘unexpected’ chemical engineers below to see what else you might have in store for you!

‘Unexpected’ chemical engineers

If you get a degree in Chemical Engineering, you may not necessarily go on to work in the field. Did you know celebrities like Supermodel Cindy Crawford and Hollywood director Frank Capra studied Chemical Engineering. Tough guy actor Dolph Lundgren has a Masters in Chemical Engineering.

Founder of Intel, Andrew Grove, majored in Chemical Engineering. Former director of the CIA, John M. Deutch was a chemical engineer. And many current and former CEOs of massive global companies have had training as chemical engineers – companies like 3M, DuPont, Exxon, General Electric and many more.

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