Chemical engineers research and design machinery used to turn raw materials into everyday products.

What does a chemical engineer do?

This role involves using knowledge of maths and science to analyse problems and come up with solutions. Chemical engineers help with the design, manufacture and operation of processes that turn raw materials into domestic and industrial products, for example in food manufacturing, gas production and refining of minerals. The role may also involve researching and developing new or improved products. 

What do I need to do to become a chemical engineer?

As well as excellent maths skills and the ability to analyse problems, good management skills will help you to successfully manage projects, budgets and people.

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Financial planning
  • IT
  • Numeracy
  • Organisation
  • People management
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork

Academic route

  • Five GCSEs (grades A-C)
  • Three A levels, including maths, chemistry and possibly another science subject

Related subjects

  • Chemistry
  • Maths

Essential qualifications

  • An accredited BEng degree in chemical, process or biochemical engineering

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

There are several industries you could work in, including food and drink, pharmaceuticals, textiles, oil and gas, energy and water, and biotechnology.

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