What Is a Chemical Engineer?

Chemical engineers work in:

  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Semiconductors
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Healthcare
  • Design and construction
  • Pulp and paper
  • Petrochemicals
  • Food processing
  • Specialty chemicals
  • Polymers
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental health and saftey industries

Our graduate program is designed to provide advance work in a core of transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and reaction engineering, but almost all of our work focuses on developing an environmentally benign approach to applications.

Chemical engineers rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science, especially chemistry, to overcome technical problems safely and economically. And, of course they draw upon and apply their engineering knowledge to solve any technical challenges they encounter. 

Chemical engineers may also apply their knowledge to other areas such as:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Finance
  • Medicine
  • Other fields that require technical training

University of Arizona College of Engineering