Have you been considering a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering? Maybe you don’t know where to start or what questions to ask? You’re not alone!
Here is a list of 8 questions that Dr. Erik Jorvig, Ph.D., answered that can help you either start or continue your journey!
Q&A with Dr. Erik Jorvig, PhD
What is chemical engineering?
Chemical engineering is the application of engineering principles to chemical processes. This can be in a variety of areas. Bulk chemicals, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, and batteries, to name a few. Virtually anything that has a chemical component can be influenced by chemical engineering principles.
What kind of career can I get with a chemical engineering degree?
A chemical engineering degree opens a lot of career avenues including chemical production, petroleum production, and pharmaceutical development and production. There’s also battery development and production, environmental engineering, and more.
How much money can I make as a chemical engineer?
Chemical engineering regularly tops the list of highest pay for engineering disciplines. The BLS lists the average salary for a chemical engineer in the US as $105,000. The number of jobs in this area is growing 14% per year.
What kind of topics will I learn at Concordia?
You would learn engineering topics like thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, mass transfer and process control and design. All of this from a strong science foundation in chemistry and physics.
What are the benefits of getting a degree in chemical engineering?
The benefits of a degree in chemical engineering are the ability to help fix societal problems by improving chemical processes and developing new chemical processes. Additionally, you can obtain a high-paying job in a fast-growing field.
What kind of skills should I have/learn to become a chemical engineer?
You should have a strong foundation and interest in the sciences, especially chemistry. You should be a good critical thinker with an interest in solving questions or puzzles related to chemical processes.
How secure is this job?
This is a fast-growing field with a lot of demand for skilled workers. Job stability is generally good. You may notice a transition of workforce from legacy industries such as petroleum companies to more sustainable industries like battery production or environmental engineering.
Once I finish my bachelor’s, will I need to further my education to get a job?
There are many jobs available at a bachelor’s level. If you’d like to specialize in an area or obtain a leadership role in a company, additional training at the master’s level may be advisable.
Chemical engineering has the potential to be an incredibly rewarding career and by asking the right questions, you can get a better understanding of if this is the right field for you. If you still have questions or want to learn more about how Concordia University Wisconsin can help you start a career in engineering, let us know. Learn about our chemical engineering degree and everything that comes along with it at CUW.