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Chemical Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Researches, develops and implements processes used in chemical manufacturing. May develop chemical processes used to create products or develop processes used to manufacture chemicals. Designs and tests production processes and techniques.

Job Outlook

There were 64 Chemical Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 998 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Chemical / Process Engineer industry, which includes the Chemical Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Chemical Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $79,627.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $76,782.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Chemical Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $69,746.

Education and Experience

Posted Chemical Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree69%
Master's Degree27%
Doctoral Degree3%
Other0%

Posted Chemical Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years33%
3 to 5 years50%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years9%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Chemical Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (35%)
  • Problem Solving (26%)
  • Research (25%)
  • Troubleshooting (23%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (21%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Chemical Engineering (89%)
  • Chemistry (35%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (25%)
  • Chemical Processes (14%)
  • Process Engineering (13%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Project Management (19%)
  • Experiments (16%)
  • Machinery (14%)
  • Benchmarking (11%)
  • Process Improvement (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Process Safety (6%)
  • Process Equipment (6%)
  • Thermodynamics (5%)
  • ASPEN (4%)
  • Analytical Chemistry (3%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Technology Transfer (2%) – marginal value $2,725
  • Process Safety (6%) – marginal value $2,192

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Chemical Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Senior Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer II
  • Biological/Chemical Scientist/Engineer
  • Entry Level Chemical Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Chemical Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Honeywell (23)
  • Actalent (20)
  • Eastman Chemical (16)
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Incorporated (11)
  • Sierra Energy (10)

North Carolina

  • Fujifilm (3)
  • Henkel (3)
  • Novartis (2)
  • Research Triangle Institute (2)
  • Starpet Incorporated (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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