Chemical Engineering is an exciting, multifaceted discipline that offers a well-paid career in an ever-changing market. It is a broad field amenable to numerous industries such as biochemical, biomedical, chemical, environmental, food, materials, paper and pulp, petroleum, pharmaceutical, polymers and semiconductors. Because of the breadth of their technical and scientific background, chemical engineers are often referred to as "universal" engineers. Many fields that require technical training are open to chemical engineers. Their expertise has been invaluable in areas such as law, education, finance, and medicine.
Job descriptions for a Chemical Engineering graduate may not fit the norm of many engineering students, though. Ira Rainey, a 1994 graduate of Rose-Hulman, and Refinery Area Manager for AE Staley Manufacturing says. "My area of responsibility includes unit operations ranging from ion exchange, to soluble and insoluble enzyme reaction, to carbon absorption, to vacuum evaporation to crossflow nanofiltration and many others. The ability to understand, design, troubleshoot and teach others about these operations is something I use every day."