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Chemical Engineer

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Chemical engineers design, plan, construct and operate large-scale manufacturing processes, producing a wide range of goods from fuel oils to food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. They also help manage world resources and protect the environment. Chemical engineers work in either research and development or manufacturing.

They are sometimes known as process engineers.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The average starting salary for chemical engineers is around £28,500 a year (www.whynotchemeng.com, IChemE Salary Survey, 2016), but it could be anything from £25,000. With experience this can rise to between £35,000 and £55,000. Chartered engineers can earn up to £70,000 a year or more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Chemical engineers work in the chemicals, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plastics, paper, textiles, oil, gas, coal, artificial fibres and water industries. There are also jobs in engineering contracting companies to design and build production plants. Work is available in the UK and abroad and there is a steady demand for qualified staff throughout the world.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
4855
1.7 %
RISE
2023
4938
  United Kingdom
2018
44459
2 %
RISE
2023
45363

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

Employment prospects in this area are very good. Jobs are widely available and process plants are located in industrial areas throughout the UK (particularly Scotland, the Midlands, North West and North East England) and overseas.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Cogent
Tel: 01925 515200
Website: http://www.cogentskills.com
Website (2): http://www.sciencecareerpathways.com
Twitter: @cogent_skills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CogentSkills

Cogent is the Sector Skills Council for the science industries.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

EngineeringUK
Website: http://www.engineeringuk.com
Twitter: @_EngineeringUK

Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
Tel: 01788 578214
E-mail: customerservices@icheme.org
Website: http://www.icheme.org/
Website (2): http://www.whynotchemeng.com/
Twitter: @IChemE
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/icheme1

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. They set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines. Those scientists who reach the required standards are recognised by the following designations CSci, CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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