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Career Scope for Chemical Engineers


It is a certain fact that a career in engineering is one of the evergreen professions. Wherever you go across the globe, engineers are always in demand. And, why not, engineering forms the foundation for technology, for innovation, for almost everything we see around us today, be it the automobiles, pharmaceuticals, fuels, electronic equipments, or anything else.

Chemical engineering is one such branch which has been gaining prominent exposure and scope in the recent times. With the emergence of industries and technology, Chemical Engineering is becoming a sought-after career, much in demand among engineering aspirants. A chemical engineers’ career is wide-ranging from biotechnology and aerospace to biomedical and petroleum industries. Today, chemical engineering is becoming a highly profitable branch of engineering with a huge scope for growth in India as well as abroad. And of course, there are several things that every student wish to know regarding the career scope, job outlook, and pay scale of this branch of engineering. We’ll be covering all these aspects in this article below.

What is Chemical Engineering All About?

Chemical engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with the engineering and development of chemicals/processes to identify and/or solve technical glitches. This branch of engineering is a diverse field, covering broader fields such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, mineral processing, petroleum refining plants, etc.  Chemical engineering actually combines the knowledge of Engineering and Chemistry to convert raw materials into valuable forms or for the production of chemicals and related by-products.

Today’s chemical engineering technologies are not limited to chemical factories but include the organic and inorganic industries such as manufacturing of paper, fiber, fabrics, paints, biomaterials, gasoline, medical drugs, fertilizers, and lubricants. With the sectors like petroleum and pharmaceutics booming nowadays, there is a good demand for chemical engineering graduates.

Role of a Chemical Engineer

The duties and responsibilities of a chemical engineer generally include:

  • Designing and inventing new chemical processes/products
  • Construction, installation, and supervision of manufacturing plants and equipment
  • Planning and operating industrial plant facilities
  • Development of advanced and improved manufacturing processes
  • Creating modernized and high-quality chemical materials for industrial production
  • Processing of food and agricultural products, cosmetics, and mineral based industries
  • Providing safety measures for chemical industry work conditions
  • Creating environment-friendly health and safety standards
  • Research and development activities in the Bio-Tech firms

The Scope of Chemical Engineering

Originally, chemical engineering was something about the industrial-scale production of chemicals, but now, the field has come a long way, having used in various fields of knowledge and industries. Chemical Engineering is indeed a very broad field and the branch of study has its applications in diverse sectors, such as textile, plastics, food, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, and more. With many of these manufacturing and service sectors hiring chemical engineers, there opens huge scope for the degree in terms of recruitment and chemical engineering is becoming one of the brightest career options for graduates for its job opportunities within the country and across the globe.

Currently, the Indian industrial sector is on its way of expansion, creating more and more opportunities for chemical engineering students in areas of production, designing, research, and development. The recent trend shows that the industry is expected to evolve and grow phenomenally in the years to come. As a result, there will be a surge in demand for chemical engineers in emerging industrial sectors in years ahead.

Job Outlook and Pay Scale

Employment of chemical engineers in India is projected to grow, with the Government and Private sector jobs available aplenty. Speaking about Private Sector jobs, chemical engineering graduates can find potential opportunities in sectors such as Petrochemical industries, Petroleum refineries, Cement Factories, Food Processing and Technology units, Fertilizer Factories, Pharmaceutical industries, Biotechnology Sector, etc. Some of the top companies in India hiring chemical engineers are L & T, ONGC, Merchem Limited, Infosys, Wipro, Reliance, and Essar, among others.

Coming to the pay scale for chemical engineers, the salary is quite lucrative. Freshers can earn an average pay of INR 25,000 to INR 30,000 per month, nevertheless, on gaining experience and specific skill sets, you can earn an average of INR 5-7 Lakhs per year. While salary specifics vary in both Private and Government sectors, there are high-end salary packages for those willing to work abroad. Some of the international companies like Baker Hughes, Techconsult UK Ltd., and Swift Worldwide Resources, offer a salary of INR 1 Lakh – 3 Lakhs per month for competent professionals in chemical engineering.

Looking at the current scope and expansion of the industry, chemical engineering is considered as one of the brightest career option with huge employment opportunities available. But not to forget, students aspiring to make an entry into the sector should focus on having thorough knowledge and skill set and should pursue their engineering education from an institute that can serve as a strong backing for their profile. Most of the core companies today rely on prestigious institutions for hiring freshers through campus recruitments. So, if you are expecting to enter core companies in your chemical engineering field, it is wise to join a reputed educational institution that can provide you with industry-vetted knowledge, aptly polish your skills and talents, and support you with on-campus placements.

About JKLU

J.K. Lakshmipat University, the educational arm of the renowned J.K.Group, is considered one of the prestigious and elite engineering institutions in India. JK Organization is a well-known industrial giant in the Indian soil with 100 years of rich heritage. In an endeavor to set up a dynamic and international standard educational platform for students in India, the group has come up with its humble initiative of J.K. Lakshmipat University in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Having a lead position in the industrial sector by operating companies like J.K.Tyre, J.K. Paper, J.K. Lakshmi Cement, Fenner India, and J.K.Agri Genetics, the J.K.Group is well aware of the importance and scope of chemical engineering across the world. Keeping in mind the current and future requirements of the chemical industry, J.K. Lakshmipat University offers its academic curriculum emphasizing on both the theoretical and practical aspects of Chemical Engineering discipline. The modern industry-oriented curriculum, cutting-edge teaching methodologies, and an exceptionally good faculty team make JKLU excel in its knowledge delivery matching the global standards of education.J.K.Group’s very purpose of propagating industry-oriented education relentlessly prepares graduates into well-rounded professionals equipped to secure rewarding positions in the corporate world.