Inside Chemical Engineer Careers

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Biggest Surprises

"Variety In Field...
The sheer variety of work with the career field" (Chemical Engineer; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Texas, male
School: Studied Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University in Texas; completed Bachelor degree in 2009

"I was surprised how many other types of engineering I use in my job. Since I work in a manufacturing plant, I also use Mechanical Engineering and Quality Engineering. Another thing that surprised me is how much I learned on the job versus how much I have used from my schooling. School does not really prepare you for real-world experiences." (Chemical Engineer; 2012)

Career: 18 years of experience, currently based in Pennsylvania, female
School: Studied Chemical Engineering at University Of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania; completed Bachelor degree in 1993

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Engineering Consultant: "The best part of my job is the variety of skills I can acquire by working on different problems. It is very interesting to regularly work on new problems with new people in a new place. My job also allows me to have very flexible hours. The worst part of my job is the uncertainty of the future. Many times I don't know where I'm going to be working next. I have to travel frequently and to undesirable places." (2011)

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Career Tips

"Early Career...
Work hard while you are in school so you can receive a good and fulfilling start to your career" (Chemical Engineer; 2014)

"Take Courses On Real-World Software...
When you are still in school, get as many industry internships as you can. The real world experience will help you get the jobs you want. Though it's important to have a good GPA, having experience is often overlooked. Try to take courses that focus on software used in the industry. The book learning you do in school is rarely used in the real world. Network with your contacts as much as you can. These are the people who will help get you jobs later on." (Engineering Consultant; 2011)