These comments cover the career grouping of civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers.
Job prospects in this career are rated LIMITED because:
Over the past few years, the number of chemical engineers increased slightly. This increase matches employment growth in the industries in which they work relatively closely. Given that growth is expected in these industries, the number of chemical engineers is expected to increase slightly in the next few years.
Opportunities will result mainly from positions vacated by engineers who retire. In addition, many opportunities will open up as chemical engineers move to other occupations. For example, their training and experience give them access to positions as technical sales specialists (NOC 6221), especially in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and to promotions to supervisory and managerial levels. With appropriate levels of education, they can also hold positions as college teachers and university professors (NOC 4131 and NOC 4121). There will be a few additional opportunities as a result of employment increase.
Chemical engineers work primarily in the design and evaluation of industrial processes and quality control, in the development of health and safety rules and in environmental protection. Consequently, job growth in this occupation depends first and foremost on the performance of the industries in which chemical engineers work, particularly the chemical and paper manufacturing sectors.
Given that growth is expected in the industries in which they work, the number of chemical engineers is expected to increase slightly in the next few years.
Though he is somewhat deteriorated in 2009, the placement rate for graduates in chemical engineering is usually excellent. In addition, the jobs held by these graduates are usually very good: most of them are full-time, related to their field of study and pay high salaries.
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Job prospects for this career are rated Limited