Is chemical engineering right for me?

Chemical engineers are some of the most flexible and highly employable graduates from UNSW, working across many industries. This degree not only provides students with valuable technical skills, but also the necessary analytical and problem-solving abilities to help them work effectively as part of any team. Take this degree alone or you can combine it with a second degree.

 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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