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6 reasons to study a chemical engineering course

6 reasons to study a chemical engineering course

What is chemical engineering?

Chemical engineering basically is applied chemistry. It is the branch of engineering concerned with the design, construction, and operation of machines and plants that perform chemical reactions to solve practical problems or make useful products.

It starts in the lab, much like science, yet progresses through the design and implementation of a full-scale process, its maintenance, and methods of testing and improving it.

Read on to find out the 6 reasons why you should study a chemical engineering course.

  1. Chemical engineers acquire a wide variety of skills

Chemical engineers have technical knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, materials science and information technology. However, they also know about economics, management, safety and the environment. The tools used include sophisticated scientific experiments, the latest developments in computing, and large-scale pilot plants.

  1. Chemical engineers are highly employable

Chemical engineers are employed across a wide range of businesses by both large and small companies. Chemical engineering remains one of the best-paying professions in the UK with salaries rising by 30% over the last decade. Surveys show that chemical engineers earn more, on average, than other types of engineer and more than pure scientists. 

  1. Make a difference

Some professions attract the word ‘vocation’. Nurses and teachers are often associated with the view that it’s not just about the money, but the job satisfaction of knowing that you’ve helped someone personally and profoundly. Chemical engineers have this opportunity too. It may be less personal but better nutrition, improved health, greater social mobility, warmth and light, protection of the environment and many other measures valued by society are the result of our hard work. It’s a great job for making a difference.

  1. It brings financial security

If you are the kind of person who craves a lavish and exuberant lifestyle or simply longs for a better future for your kids, then engineering is for you. The majority of educational think-tanks, blogs and news portals rate engineering as one of the top-paid degree programs. The most prominent and lucrative engineering disciplines are chemical, computer, electrical, nuclear and petroleum engineering.

  1. Travel and lifestyle

Chemical engineering provides some great opportunities to travel and work in different countries, facilitated by the high proportion of globalised multinational companies operating in the sector. So if you need a work passport, choose chemical engineering – if you’re like our members (who are spread across 120 different countries), you’ll have plenty of chance to work in several different continents and nations throughout your career. 

  1. Chemical engineers can change the world

Chemical engineers work to improve the quality of people's lives. Most items used by people everyday have needed chemical engineers to produce them. Chemical engineers are helping to end starvation, disease and poverty. They are working to save the environment by developing alternative technologies to combat acid rain, lead pollution and the greenhouse effect. 

We hope this piece has helped provide some motivation to you if you’re contemplating studying engineering.

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