An engineer who applies the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test methods of manufacturing products and treating byproducts, and supervise production.
There is a wide variety of roles that need chemical engineers. In some companies the chemical engineer is responsible for the safety procedures of working with chemicals. While in other companies the primary purpose of the job is the research, design or manufacturing of chemicals.
Analytical and problem solving skills are critical for these jobs. Assessing a need and researching options are consistent practices and every day responsibilities.
Chemical engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, most jobs require a masters or a Ph.D education. If a student knows they want to go into chemical engineering when they start school, they could attend one of the universities that provide a 5 year program which is very concentrated and provides both bachelor and master’s degrees. Some specialties require further certification.
There is an organization American Institute of Chemical Engineers where there is more information about the industry.
The American Society for Engineering Education has lots information about how to become an engineer.