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Chemical Engineer (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Chemical Engineer 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 111 Chemical Engineer (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2880 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Chemical / Process Engineer industry, which includes the Chemical Engineer (General) career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Chemical Engineer (General) 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 $93,479.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $93,479.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Chemical Engineer (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $81,432.

Education and Experience

Posted Chemical Engineer (General) 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 Degree1.98%
Bachelor's Degree70.8%
Master's Degree31.87%
Doctoral Degree19.44%
Other1.84%

Posted Chemical Engineer (General) 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 years29.72%
3 to 5 years38.91%
6 to 8 years11.61%
9+ years19.75%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Chemical Engineer (General) 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 (37.95%)
  • Operations (29.62%)
  • Research (29.34%)
  • Management (23.82%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (21.18%)
  • Problem Solving (20%)
  • Leadership (16.28%)
  • Writing (15.8%)
  • Presentations (14.58%)
  • Innovation (11.25%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Chemistry (29.76%)
  • Chemical Process (22.84%)
  • Process Engineering (18.56%)
  • Chemical Engineering (67.99%)
  • Project Management (22.35%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • AutoCAD (3.93%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (6.84%)
  • Materials Science (12.3%)
  • Project Engineering (7.68%)
  • Biochemistry (5.73%)
  • Business Development (7.91%)
  • Data Analysis (11.61%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (5.27%)
  • Procurement (9.78%)
  • Hazard And Operability Study (1.91%)
  • Wastewater (9.09%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (10.08%)
  • Process Flow Diagrams (7.56%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (13.41%)
  • Process Safety (3.9%)
  • Equipment Design (4.01%)
  • New Product Development (9.89%)
  • Risk Analysis (3.71%)
  • Process Design (8.02%)
  • Environment Health And Safety (8.33%)
  • Process Improvement (11.96%)
  • Process Control (6.3%)
  • Oil And Gas (3.25%)
  • Process Development (9.13%)
  • Water Treatment (3.71%)
  • Commissioning (4.66%)

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.

  • Chemical Engineering (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Process Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Chemical Engineering Intern
  • Operations Intern
  • Chemist
  • Chemical Engineering Manager
  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Human Resources Co-Op/Intern
  • Controls Service Technician

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 (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • CDM Smith (133)
  • Black & Veatch (77)
  • Honeywell International (62)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (57)
  • Chemours (48)
  • Hensel Phelps (48)
  • GPAC (36)
  • Marathon Petroleum (35)
  • Disability Solutions (29)
  • Actalent (28)

North Carolina

  • Black & Veatch (12)
  • Chemours (10)
  • Comforcare Home Health Care (4)
  • The Recruiting Group (4)
  • CDM Smith (4)
  • Byrnes & Rupkey (4)
  • Actalent (3)
  • Belcan (3)
  • Orise (3)
  • Perigon International (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!