Some of the biggest fields for those graduating with chemical engineering degrees are:
Pharmaceuticals: This is the application of chemical engineering to developing new medicines, and producing them on a large scale. You’ll learn about key processes such as distillation, filtration, crystallization and thermodynamics, and also get an overview of current challenges and opportunities in the sector.
Food: Chemical engineering in the food industry may involve developing new packaging, preparation methods or ingredients, to improve the flavour, shelf life, appearance, hygiene and nutritional content of food products.
Petrochemicals: This is the practice of creating new materials out of petroleum and natural gas. ‘Primary’ petrochemicals include propylene, methanol and benzene, while examples of end products made using petrochemicals are soaps, plastics, fertilizers, synthetic materials and paints.
Environment: Chemical engineers are also involved in monitoring the impact of industry on the environment, and developing processes to reduce damage. This could include developing more energy-efficient technology, producing cleaner fuels, converting pollutants into non-harmful substances, and recycling materials.