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Entry-Level Chemical Engineering

Basic statistics every chemical engineer needs to know.

Statistics for Entry-Level Chemical Engineering Jobs

There is a lot of information chemical engineers need when they start looking for entry-level chemical engineering jobs. The following are important statistics to understand when you start searching for your first entry-level chemical engineering job.

What do Chemical Engineers Do?

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.

In addition, chemical engineers work in the production of energy, electronics, food, clothing, and paper. They must understand how the manufacturing process affects the environment and the safety of workers and consumers.

Chemical engineers also conduct research in the life sciences, biotechnology, and business services.

How many Chemical Engineers are there?

Currently there are 32,600 chemical engineers working in the United States of America. This represents 1% of the total engineers working in the United States.

Number of Chemical Engineers in the United States

Chemical engineering is one of the smaller engineering disciplines. This means specific entry-level chemical engineering jobs may be limited to specific locations.

Are Advanced Degrees Required?

Most engineers struggle with the decision on pursuing an advanced degree. For entry-level engineering jobs, the more technical the job is, the higher the chance it will require an advanced degree.

To understand how many chemical engineers go on to get advanced degrees, reference the table below.

Chemical Engineering - Advanced Degrees

Based on the data, 19% (1,716/9,090) of chemical engineering students go on to get a master’s degree and approximately 12% (1,062/9,090) pursue a doctoral degree in a given year. For a master’s degree, this is well below the engineering average, however for a doctoral degree, it is almost equivalent.

Inside an engineering discipline, some jobs can require an advanced degree while others do not. The only true way to know if you will need an advanced degree for the entry-level chemical engineering job you want, is to look at job postings. If all of the jobs you are interested in require an advanced degree, it means you need to go and get one.

Entry-Level Chemical Engineering Jobs Created

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the future job growth for each field of engineering.  Based on the data, there will be 1,400 jobs created in Chemical Engineering over the next 10-years.

It can be assumed that the job growth is in entry-level jobs. This is due to the actual creation of entry-level jobs, or creation of higher-level jobs that are filled with the existing workforce opening up entry-level positions.

Entry-Level Chemical Engineering Job Growth

Based on the new job growth as a percentage of the existing job market, the projected yearly growth is 4.3% for entry-level chemical engineering jobs. The average growth rate for all entry-level engineering jobs is 4.1% per year.

Job growth for chemical engineering is above average compared to engineering as a whole. Higher job growth in an industry is attractive because it equates to more opportunities in that field in the future.

Competition Index For Entry-Level
Chemical Engineering Jobs

At the Job Formula, we like to calculate the competition index for different types of engineering jobs. To do this, we divide the total number of graduates in a discipline by the total number of jobs available in that discipline. This calculation shows how many graduates there are for each available job.

The lower the competition index the better. A competition index of one (1) means that there is one graduate for every one job.

The competition index for entry-level chemical engineering jobs is 8.1. This is greatly above the competition index for the average engineering discipline of 1.5.

Competition for Chemical Engineering Jobs

We calculate the competition index to give graduate engineers an idea of the type of competition they will face when they start looking for their first job. Based on the calculated competition index, entry-level chemical engineering jobs are some of the most competitive jobs in the engineering field.


Please note that competition will vary inside an engineering field based on the type of industry, the location and how attractive a job is.

Industries for Entry-Level Chemical Engineers

Chemical Engineering is a diverse degree which means you can work in many different industries. The follow are the top five industries that hire chemical engineers.

Chemical Engineering Industries

The percent of total employment means out of all chemical engineers, how many are working in that one industry.

If you are looking for an entry-level chemical engineering job, these are the best industries to start with.

Entry-Level Chemical Engineering Job Salary

The average entry-level chemical engineering salary is shown below. Additionally, the average chemical engineering salary, the bottom 10% and top 10% salaries are shown.

Entry-Level Chemical Engineering Salary

Entry-level chemical engineering salaries are above the industry average for entry-level salaries.

At Job Formula, we preach enjoying your job over seeking out a high salary. If you enjoy your job, you are more likely to move up in the position. The Top 10% of any engineering degree field is higher than the mean annual salary. So find a job you like and try to move toward that top 10%.

Resources for Entry-Level Chemical Engineers

The formula we have been taught since we were small children is just not true. Getting a college degree does not guarantee you a great job. If the formula worked, over 49% of college graduates would not report that they found it hard or extremely hard to find their first job.

Universities are failing engineering students because they are not training them on how to go from getting a degree to getting an entry-level engineering job.

The Job Formula will help you learn what you need to learn to get hired! See our free resources below to get started.

The Winning Engineering Resume

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Entry-Level Engineering Blog

Job Formula’s engineering blog is dedicated to helping entry-level engineers get hired. On the blog, you will find articles on internships, cover letters, resumes, interviews and more, all geared toward engineers!

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Entry-Level Engineering Jobs

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*The information on this page was pulled together from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other various resources. The information is intended for education purposes only.