In a chemical engineering role, the engineer applies their knowledge in changing raw materials into products. They deal with all kinds of materials, in addition to chemicals, and they extract as many products as they can from raw materials in a cost-effective and safe way.


  • in processing environments - they process raw materials into products such as paper, cosmetics, food, drugs, textiles, fuel and metals.

  • in research environments - they are involved in energy processing, cryogenics, propellants, microchips and skin tissue engineering.

  • in production environments - they would be involved in the construction and day to day operation of the processing plant.

Many Chemical Engineers are employed by large international companies, research organisations and smaller firms in many different industries. These include the oil and gas industry, chemical and allied products, food, energy, pharmaceuticals, utility companies, central government departments and contractors.

The average UK salary for this role is£55,000 rising to £72,000 for chartered engineers.

What does it take to become a Chemical Engineer?

Qualities of a Chemical Engineer:

  • understand engineering principles and processes

  • good communication skills

  • have a logical approach

  • be able to express ideas and conclusions in writing

  • have a very high standard of computer literacy.

This role typically requires graduates and those that have followed a full-time degree course in chemical engineering. Applicants usually need at least five GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3) and three A levels/four H grades, normally including maths, chemistry and an additional science, preferably physics or biology, or equivalent qualifications.

Entrants should aim to obtain either Incorporated or Chartered status.

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