Thinking about a career in chemical engineering?

As a chemical engineer, you will need:

  • to work as part of a team, and have good social skills
  • excellent problem-solving and analytical skills (plus a dose of imagination!) to overcome stiff challenges
  • to be highly IT literate, as much of your work will rely on using computers


Chemical Engineers have high earning potential on graduation and beyond, are regarded as professional 'high flyers', particularly those who become Chartered Chemical Engineers, and gain excellent job satisfaction.

"The most satisfying thing about my job is walking into a shop and seeing the product that I've just spent a year working on sitting on the shelf..."  Emma McLeod, Kraft Foods.

Career opportunities

Chemical engineering is a well-respected degree that opens many career paths across industry, commerce and finance (employers appreciate that chemical engineering graduates have analytical and problem-solving skills that are second to none).

Careers are equally diverse - industries you could work in include:- food and drink, consultancy, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, tissue engineering and much more.  

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Visit our careers website at where you'll find everything you need to know about chemical engineering including what chemical engineers do, case studies for recent chemical engineering graduates, study information, links to universities and employers, plus much more.

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