Chemical engineers held about 30,200 jobs in 2010.
Chemical engineers work mostly in offices or laboratories. They may spend time at industrial plants, refineries, and other locations, where they monitor or direct operations or solve onsite problems. Some engineers travel extensively to plants or worksites both in the United States and abroad.
The industries employing the largest numbers of chemical engineers in 2010 were as follows:
|Architectural, engineering, and related services||16%|
|Scientific research and development services||12%|
|Basic chemical manufacturing||12%|
|Resin, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic
and filaments manufacturing
|Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing||5%|
Nearly all chemical engineers work full time.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition