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The chemical engineer is an invaluable link between scientific
principles and manufacturing realities. It involves the use of chemical,
physical, and engineering principles.
The scientist in a laboratory does basic research to develop new
compounds and processes. When the scientist discovers a product that may be
useful, the chemical engineer takes over. They adapt the product for big scale
manufacturing. They do this by designing a plant to produce the item on large
scale. Thus the engineer is the link between the laboratory and commercial
The chemical engineerís earnings depend on several factors. Their
educational background dictates much of what the engineer will earn. Also,
experience and the location of the employer will make a very big difference.
The starting salary for a chemical engineer with a Bachelorís Degree can range
from $30,000 to over 35,000 per year. An engineer with a Masterís Degree can
earn anywhere from $35,000 to over $40,000. A chemical engineer with a
doctorate can earn $45,000 to well over $60,000.
"To be successful in chemical engineering, one must be curious and
persevering" (Finney IV 13). The person must be flexible in order to adapt to
each phase encountered. They must also be ambitious. Honesty is another very
important trait. They must be cooperative since they are a member of a team.
In order to get a job as a chemical engineer, a person should have at
least a Bachelorís Degree. The degree should be in chemical engineering. The
degree is acquired by four years of study. Subjects studied include engineering,
drawing, chemistry, mathematics, En
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