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.
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:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $79,627.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||33%|
|3 to 5 years||50%|
|6 to 8 years||9%|
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.
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%)
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%)
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%)
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
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.
- Chemical Process Engineer
- Process Engineer
- Process Development Engineer
- Process Control Engineer
- Materials Engineer
- Research and Development Chemist
- Food Processing Engineer
- Materials Development Engineer
- Polymer Chemist
Here are the employers that have posted the most Chemical Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Honeywell (23)
- Actalent (20)
- Eastman Chemical (16)
- Jacobs Engineering Group Incorporated (11)
- Sierra Energy (10)
- Fujifilm (3)
- Henkel (3)
- Novartis (2)
- Research Triangle Institute (2)
- Starpet Incorporated (2)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!