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Careers in Chemical Engineering w/o going into the oil and gas field ?

LolaA123LolaA123 11 replies3 threads New Member
What are some careers i could go into with a chemical engineering degree.

I don’t want to go into oil and gas?

My interest include:
Anything with people
Cosmetics
Something Medical

I just want to know what else I can do.
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  • KLSDKLSD 271 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Definitely cosmetic companies
    Pharmaceutical companies
    Drug development research
    Environmental engineering for water treatment
    Materials science for any industry including medical

    Look at university chemical engineering websites for concentration options and the courses required.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8807 replies85 threads Senior Member
    My D is a chem E student and she doesn’t know anyone interning in oil/gas. She’s working for a big polymer company that makes everything from paint resins to coatings for internal dwelling medical devices. Other friends are working in biotech, pharma, food manufacturers, household goods manufacturers, NASA, plastics sustainable/enviro etc.....

    It’s a very versatile degree to be the gateway to many industries. You can definitely pair it with your current interests.
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  • lvvcsflvvcsf 2401 replies58 threads Senior Member
    edited January 29
    Cosmetic companies, oleo chemicals, corn based products, working for a distillery or a brewery.
    edited January 29
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9260 replies83 threads Senior Member
    I am under the impression that a lot of ChemE work in labs. One of my college roommates years ago was a ChemE. She went to grad school and works for an environmental engineering firm.
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  • lvvcsflvvcsf 2401 replies58 threads Senior Member
    I am under the impression that a lot of ChemE work in labs. One of my college roommates years ago was a ChemE. She went to grad school and works for an environmental engineering firm.

    My D is a Chem E and cooped so many of her friends are Chem Es. The majority of them she knows work in industry in process, maintenance, etc. I'm not aware of anyone who works in labs. It could be however, that since she worked (and works) in industry that that is who she comes in the most contact with. I can see a person who went to grad school working more in research.
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  • Darcy123Darcy123 426 replies6 threads Member
    I graduated with a bunch of ChemEs - a quick scan of my facebook feed for where they ended up (keep in mind this is 25 years later):
    3 doctors
    1 physician assistant
    2 at beverage companies
    1 ended up at an environmental consulting company
    1 is in policy at the state department
    2 went into finance
    1 management consulting
    1 food scientist
    1 professor
    1 at a biotech startup

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  • MSU88CHEngMSU88CHEng 238 replies2 threads Junior Member
    I'm a chemical engineer, and I'm a thin film process engineer. In my current position, I make coatings for low emissivity windows--my job uses plasma chemistry, vacuum science, material science, optics, etc...
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  • cshell2cshell2 902 replies10 threads Member
    I honestly never would have even thought oil and gas when thinking ChemE. Around here 3M and General Mills recruit a lot of the graduates.
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9260 replies83 threads Senior Member
    When jobs were tight for ChemE in Colorado, new grad friends of my daughter considered oil/gas jobs in Texas.

    I found this link via Google search (so can't vouch for its accuracy, but seems helpful)
    https://collegegrad.com/careers/chemical-engineers
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8807 replies85 threads Senior Member
    Note that some schools have closer ties to some industries than others. For most schools you can look up the first destination surveys to see where the chem es are working post graduation.
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  • NormamaNormama 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Lots of options and it's what you want to make it out to be. I have a Chem E degree and started at Oil & Gas but went into enterprise software (business side) and now have my own business in telecom. I mentor many young women engineers at my alma mater (UCLA) that you will have multiple career paths and options. This degree helped me understand problem solving with grounded engineering perspective. It definitely set me apart. Keep your mind open, stay creative and seize all opportunities coming your way!
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  • momocarlymomocarly 963 replies11 threads Member
    My husband is a Chem E and he is an attorney and uses his Chem E knowledge in a lot of his cases!
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