Chemical engineering careers


Chemical Engineering Impact in Australia (PDF, 16.27 MB)

What do chemical engineers do?

Chemical engineers invent, develop and design the processes that convert raw materials into useful products, with minimal environmental impact. They’re also involved with pollution control, protection of the environment, and energy conservation and conversion. Not surprisingly, as populations grow and resources and energy reserves decline, demand for chemical engineers is increasing.

What industries do chemical engineers work in?

As a chemical engineer you can work in a range of industries, including biotechnology, chemical, energy, environmental, food, mineral, nontechnology, oil, paper, petrochemical and pharmaceutical.

The future of chemical engineering

Chemical engineers increasingly play a leading role in the development of renewable energy technologies and creating more sustainable processes and products.

The next generation of industries includes nanotechnology and biotechnology, and will require highly trained chemical engineers to implement these technologies.