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Chemical Engineering field is incredibly rewarding, allowing you to make a real contribution to people’s everyday lives. Combining chemistry, maths, engineering and physics, see where your skills could take you by studying Chemical Engineering.

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Demand for chemical engineers is expected to grow 7.3% by 2026

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More than 61% of Chemistry graduates find full-time employment after graduation

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The average salary for chemical engineers in the US is USD$106,079 a year

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The top 20% of chemical engineers earn USD$172,700 a year

Chemical Engineering refers to the process of converting raw materials into products such as energy, clothes and food. Chemical engineers typically focus on the process, developing and designing processes that are followed to create products. This may involve improving existing processes or creating new ones altogether. All this must be done with resources, the environment and health and safety in mind. Chemical Engineering differs from Chemistry in that it’s about finding practical applications for chemicals. While chemists work with materials on a small scale, typically in a lab, chemical engineers work in industrial and commercial settings to create products.
Chemical Engineering calls to detail-oriented and inquisitive individuals. As a chemical engineer, you’ll likely be part of a team, working with other chemists and engineers to develop products. Chemical engineers often have to work on-site as well, which can mean dealing with adverse weather conditions and wearing protective equipment. At other times, you’ll find yourself working in a lab to test chemicals and their reactions. If you love making a valuable contribution to people’s everyday lives, Chemical Engineering can be a great avenue to pursue.
Most professional chemical engineers have completed a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Engineering. The most common majors are Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry. Completing an industry placement can add another year to your degree, boosting your employability when it’s time to graduate. An Honours year is another avenue to consider, equipping you with more specialised skills and knowledge. As a rough idea, a Bachelor of Science costs around AUD$40,000 a year in Australia and roughly £30,000 a year in the UK. Many Chemical Engineering students also actively look for internships while they’re still at university, which can provide them with an opportunity to earn money and gain experience while studying.
Chemical Engineering graduates are highly sought-after, typically by government bodies, research facilities and private energy companies. Chemical engineers are also needed in sustainable energy, nanotechnology, mineral processes, bioengineering, pharmaceuticals and oil, which means the opportunity to make a difference and earn good money are truly endless! Overall, the demand for chemical engineers is expected to grow 7.3% in the next five years, which is greater than the average across all jobs.
Use your expertise or transferable skills to enter a range of different career paths related to Chemical Engineering.

Chemical Engineer


Chemical engineers design processes to produce, transform and transport materials. Beginning by experimenting in a laboratory, chemical engineers then bring materials and chemicals to full scale production. Chemical engineers are sometimes also called process engineers or universal engineers.

Industrial Chemist


Industrial chemists work alongside chemical engineers to produce goods using chemical production technologies, methods, materials and processes. Industrial chemists are responsible for running, troubleshooting and improving the processes that are followed to produce chemicals and materials on a large scale.

Biochemist


Biochemists study the chemical and physical properties of living things, looking at cell development, growth, disease and more. Their objective is to understand how chemical reactions occur in the tissues, paying special attention to the effects of any medicines that are applied. In this way, biochemists are able to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of people, animals and environments.

Energy Engineer


Energy engineers work on energy-related projects, devising new and improved ways to supply energy. They do this by identifying ways to reduce costs, researching methods to generate new energy, and taking steps to minimise carbon emissions and environmental impact. As an energy engineer, you’ll often work on-site, conducting inspections and energy surveys.

Nuclear Engineer


Nuclear engineers are tasked with the important mission of monitoring nuclear facility operations to ensure all regulations and laws are adhered to. Typically stepping in during the construction process, nuclear engineers also research and develop the processes and tools used to generate maximum benefits from nuclear energy.

Top Chemical Engineering courses

Top Universities to study Chemical Engineering

Monash University Malaysia

Monash University Malaysia

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Monash University

Monash University

THE ranking: 57

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The University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales

THE ranking: 70

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The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland

THE ranking: 54

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The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

THE ranking: 58

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James Cook University

James Cook University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne

THE ranking: 33

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The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

THE ranking: 111

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Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology

THE ranking: 193

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The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia

THE ranking: 132

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Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University

THE ranking: 401

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Curtin University

Curtin University

THE ranking: 251

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UNSW Global Pty Ltd Foundation Year

UNSW Global Pty Ltd Foundation Year

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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Trent University

Trent University

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Durham College

Durham College

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Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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Laurentian University

Laurentian University

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Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University

THE ranking: 251

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Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto Metropolitan University

THE ranking: 801

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Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology

Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Seneca College

Seneca College

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Algoma University

Algoma University

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Cambrian College

Cambrian College

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University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

THE ranking: 201

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Concordia University

Concordia University

THE ranking: 601

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Lakehead University

Lakehead University

THE ranking: 801

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Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

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McMaster University

McMaster University

THE ranking: 80

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Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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Queen's University

Queen's University

THE ranking: 251

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University of Calgary

University of Calgary

THE ranking: 201

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University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

THE ranking: 37

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University of Alberta

University of Alberta

THE ranking: 125

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University of New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick

THE ranking: 601

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University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa

THE ranking: 162

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University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan

THE ranking: 501

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Western University

Western University

THE ranking: 201

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University of Toronto

University of Toronto

THE ranking: 18

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Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University

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British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

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Lambton College

Lambton College

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St. Clair College

St. Clair College

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The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato

THE ranking: 401

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Massey University

Massey University

THE ranking: 601

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University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury

THE ranking: 501

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The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland

THE ranking: 137

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SAIT Polytechnic

SAIT Polytechnic

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New Brunswick Community College

New Brunswick Community College

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Engineering Institute of Technology

Engineering Institute of Technology

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Swinburne University of Technology - Sarawak Campus

Swinburne University of Technology - Sarawak Campus

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RMIT University

RMIT University

THE ranking: 301

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