Chemical engineers hold about
31,700 jobs in
the United States. Employment
opportunities exist in many places because virtually all products require
input from chemical engineers. They troubleshoot processes in Texas, write
software in California, design cars in Michigan, manage production in New
Jersey, analyze financial markets in New York, write documentation in
Tennessee, teach in Kansas, and litigate patents in Washington, D.C.
While most U.S. chemical engineering students are employed in the U.S.
following graduation, taking advantage of overseas study and employment
could enhance your career. Foreign work assignments offer the most
practical way to gain international experience, although exchange and
study abroad programs do exist for chemical engineering students. There
are things to consider before you decide to study or work abroad.
After graduation, starting a new job may involve moving to a new city or
geographic location. Before accepting an offer, look at the personal and
financial aspects involved. Consider the distance from your family and
friends, and access to interesting recreational activities, in addition to
the social, demographic, and economic profile of the new area. Factors
like the cost of living, tax rates, the housing market, and climate are
also important to consider. Enjoying where you live can make a good job
Some areas of the country have higher concentrations of chemical
engineering employees than others.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.