Career

Engineering

 
Engineering Careers | Process Engineer

Process Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Solves problems related to the manufacturing and use of products, including chemicals, fuel, food, and clothing. Designs new products, improves existing ones, or develops new processes for better use of existing materials. May specialize in a chemical engineering process, such as making plastics, or in an industry such as health care.

Job Outlook

There were 317 Process Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 7458 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Chemical / Process Engineer industry, which includes the Process Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:

Salary

Many new 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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $85,467.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $85,923.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Process Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $75,815.

Education and Experience

Posted 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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree70%
Master's Degree27%
Doctoral Degree3%
Other0%

Posted 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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years23%
3 to 5 years52%
6 to 8 years12%
9+ years13%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills 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.

Baseline Skills

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

  • Communication Skills (41%)
  • Problem Solving (34%)
  • Troubleshooting (28%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (22%)
  • Research (16%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Process Engineering (72%)
  • Chemical Engineering (27%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (18%)
  • Materials Science (12%)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC) (9%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Project Management (19%)
  • Chemistry (13%)
  • Six Sigma (12%)
  • Experiments (12%)
  • Budgeting (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Lean Manufacturing (5%)
  • Design of experiments (DOE) (5%)
  • Process Equipment (4%)
  • Failure Analysis (4%)
  • Process Safety (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Senior Process Engineer
  • Process Engineer IV
  • Process Engineer I
  • Process Engineer II

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 Process Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Applied Materials (505)
  • Northrop Grumman (146)
  • Intel Corporation (63)
  • Raytheon (60)
  • Black & Veatch (52)

North Carolina

  • Syngenta (13)
  • Cree, Inc. (10)
  • Corning Incorporated (9)
  • Applied Materials (7)
  • Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation (4)

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!

Not sure where to start?

Get personalized program recommendations with Career Insight.

Go to Career Insight