Chemical Research Engineer

Turn small-scale lab experiments into large-scale production processes.

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Salary Range
$57,000 – $140,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Chemical Research Engineers do?

Chemical Research Engineers determine the most efficient way to reproduce chemical agents. Using the test results of Research Chemists, Chemical Research Engineers figure out how to replicate small-scale productions on a larger scale.

For example, the researchers at a pharmaceutical company discover a new chemical compound that makes aspirin more effective. As a Chemical Research Engineer, you study the experiment results and determine how to reproduce that compound so it can be sold to consumers. You may be responsible for designing a new machine to complete a certain task, or perhaps adjust existing equipment.

Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) are required in this position, as you work hand-in-hand with researchers. The ability to work as part of a team is also critical, since new breakthroughs can come as a result of collaborations between departments. A strong grasp of both English and the sciences comes in handy when you make presentations and reports on your daily activities.

Superb attention to detail is vital as well, since even the smallest mistake may have a drastic effect on the final product. Self-motivation and the patience to repeat tasks over and over until you get it right (in other words, learning through trial and error) are key traits for this position, too. You may spend several hours of your workday in a laboratory, trying to recreate a simple task unsuccessfully. But when you do succeed after several tries, you’ll swell with pride knowing you made it possible.

Should I be a Chemical Research Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Research Chemical Engineer

    How to Become a
    Chemical Research Engineer

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