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Chemical Engineering

As a Chemical Engineer, you make or improve products used in our daily lives.

Your Chemical Engineering major also can be useful in areas like law, education, publishing, finance and medicine.

Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization

Process Design Engineer Project Engineer
Environmental Engineer Product Engineer
Plant Process Engineer Process Safety Engineer
Process Safety Engineer Operations/production
Technical Sales Person Material Engineer
Environmental waste management Chemical Engineer Technician
Chemical Plant Technical Director* Regulatory Affairs Engineer
Petroleum Engineer Professor/Teacher*
*See Training section

Nature of the Work

Chemical Engineers find efficient, economical and effective ways of solving problems. As a Chemical Engineering major, you might be involved in improving food processing techniques, making synthetic fibers for clothes, developing methods to produce drugs or controlling environmental problems.

Job descriptions of many of the job titles listed above may be found on www.aiche.org

Places of Employment

Manufacturing Industrial supplies industry
Design and construction Cosmetic companies
Biotechnology firms Universities and colleges
Petrochemicals Federal government,
Environmental health and safety industries e.g., the Environmental Protection
Electronics Agency and the Department of Energy
Advanced materials Local/state government
Agricultural industry Research institutions
Plastics industry Food and beverage processing industries
Pharmaceutical companies  


Many positions in Chemical Engineering may be obtained with a bachelor's degree depending on the type of coursework you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.

Some positions in research and management require a master's degree.

If you are considering a career in teaching and research at the university level, you will need a Ph.D.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Career Center
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Tel: (951) 827-3631
Fax: (951) 827-2447
Student Questions: careercounseling@ucr.edu
Employer Questions: careerrecruiting@ucr.edu