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Laura Weaver

First question: Do you love Math and feel you are good at it? Usually engineers are curious on how things are made and want to make them better.

I'm a chemical engineer, my husband is a PhD organic chemist. He hated math, whereas that was my strong suit.

In engineering - the country needs more engineers and the salaries are decent, math dominates in early college life. The second half of college life is learning how to apply math to solve problems. In engineering classes you learn critical thinking, how to use what you've learned, what you know and apply it to solving problems. Basically engineering is a lot of advanced story problems.

In chemistry - as my husband would say - they have the detailed skills for knowing how things react (chemistry) - this is their first line of responsibility. For the engineer, they need to work with the chemist who knows that but the engineer typically develops the knowhow to implement the chemistry. So in chemical plants, this would involve knowing materials of construction that you can or can't use, the size of pumps, pipes, etc. A chemical engineer is dealing with the numbers, the volume, the throughput, the temperature, the pressure, etc.

On the other hand if you you biological sciences and chemistry there is a lot of opportunity in nursing, research, pharmacy, being a doctor, being in agriculture, being in forestry, the list goes on.

Consider ranking your favorite to least favorite classes and see where you end up. If chemistry is on top - I'd say chemistry related field, if math ends up on top and chemistry right underneath it then consider chemical engineering.

Hope this helps.

Answered 7 years ago

Laura Weaver

Keith R Clark

I would suggest you consider getting a BS degree in chemical engineering, as an alternative to a chemistry degree, unless you want to pursue at least an MS and preferably a PhD degree in chemistry, as a BS degree (only) in chemistry offers relatively limited career opportunities.

Answered 8 years ago

Keith R Clark