Chemical Process Engineer
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Designs and engineers systems and facilities for chemical processing and production. Develops designs to meet the technical requirements of chemical processing. May design and install production equipment, coordinate operations and monitor environmental and safety risks.
There were 46 Chemical Process Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1463 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Chemical / Process Engineer industry, which includes the Chemical Process Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Chemical Process 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 $91,083.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $88,795.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Chemical Process Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $83,421.
Education and Experience
Posted Chemical Process 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 Process 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||19%|
|3 to 5 years||46%|
|6 to 8 years||8%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Chemical Process 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 (33%)
- Troubleshooting (31%)
- Research (29%)
- Planning (27%)
- Problem Solving (26%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Chemical Processes (72%)
- Process Engineering (71%)
- Chemical Engineering (64%)
- Project Management (32%)
- Budgeting (29%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Engineering Design (20%)
- Engineering Design and Installation (20%)
- Chemistry (17%)
- Business Development (17%)
- Change Management (16%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- HAZOP (7%)
- Heat Exchange (6%)
- Materials Science (5%)
- Process Modeling (5%)
- Lean Manufacturing (4%)
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.
- Process Modeling (5%) – marginal value $1,628
- Polymer Science (2%) – marginal value $1,588
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Chemical Process Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Process Engineer
- Senior Process Engineer
- Process Engineer Fertilizer - Gas, Fuels & Chemicals
- Process Engineer Lng - Gas, Fuels & Chemicals
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.
- Process Engineer
- Process Development Engineer
- Process Control Engineer
- Chemical Engineer
- Food Processing Engineer
- Machining Process Engineer
- Molding Process Engineer
- Automotive Process Engineer
- Manufacturing Process Engineer
Here are the employers that have posted the most Chemical Process Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Black & Veatch (212)
- Honeywell (21)
- Ball Aerospace (18)
- Graphic Packaging International (17)
- Koch Industries, Incorporated (14)
- Chemours (4)
- Black & Veatch (4)
- Clariant Corporation (3)
- Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (3)
- The Chemours Company (3)
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!