According to the US Department of Labor, Chemical Engineers "apply the principles of chemistry to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals and other products. They design equipment and processes for large-scale chemical manufacturing, plan and test methods of manufacturing products and treating byproducts, and supervise production." For more details on the work of Chemical Engineers, visit the chemical engineering pages of Occupational Outlook Handbook, Sloan Cornerstone Career Center and the Chemical Engineering department web site.
There are many career paths where students can use their technical knowledge and analytical and problem solving skills, from the development of smaller, faster computer chips to innovations in recycling, treating disease, cleaning water, and generating energy, according to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The US Department of Labor states that chemical engineers work in a variety of manufacturing industries other than chemical manufacturing, such as those producing energy, electronics, food, clothing, and paper. In addition, they work in healthcare, biotechnology, and business services. Chemical Engineers also work in research and academia. Top employers in the field include: Air Liquide, BASF, ConEd, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Exxon Mobil, Infineum, L'Oreal, Praxair, The Clorox Company, Unilever.
- LionSHARE: CCE’s database of internships and full time jobs for students and alumni
- Science Technology Engineering Internship Program (STEP) and other CCE sponsored international and national internship programs
- Career Fairs and Networking Events- Attend our career fairs and special events throughout the year including the Engineering Consortium Career Fair, Startup Career Fair and SEAS Your Network.
- Engineering Industry Showcase: Held in the Spring semester, offers a panel session and networking opportunities with representatives from a variety of engineering disciplines.
- List of Leadership Development and Rotational Programs
- Vault & WetFeet guides: CCE subscribes to Vault and WetFeet, which offer profiles of industries, companies, and careers. For example, download WetFeet’s Industries and Careers for Engineers WetFeet Careers in Pharmaceuticals, Vault Guide to the Top 50 Consumer Products Employers, Vault Guide to the Top Manufacturing Employers
- Student Organizations including American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Society of Women Engineers.
- Chemical Engineering Department Web site
- Columbia Genome Center
- Student Research Involvement Program
- Fellowships for CC/SEAS, GS, and GSAS
- Mentornet, an online mentoring community in which Columbia University participates
- Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
- American Chemical Society
- National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- Society of Women Engineers
- Pathways to Science: To find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring
- National Science Foundation REU Sites: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation
- American Academy for Advancement of Science: A resource list of AAAS career development programs
- Engineering Jobs – Chemical: This component of the EngineeringJobs.net site is catered specifically to jobs in the chemical engineering industry
- ChemJobs: A job-search site that features chemical jobs worldwide
- Chemical Engineer: A job search website specifically relating to the chemical engineering field
- Chemploy: A job search site that has a dual focus on chemical and biomedical engineering positions at top companies
- Penn Energy Jobs: Connects the leading industry employers with the best talent that the energy industry has to offer through job boards, career fairs and the Energy Workforce magazine
- ACECNY: A proactive coalition of more than 270 firms representing every discipline of engineering related to the built environment - civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, geotechnical - and affiliated companies. A listing of consulting engineering firms from across New York State. Use membership directory to identify local companies and check their job boards for postings
- Research Gate: A network dedicated to science and research. Connect, collaborate and discover scientific publications, jobs and conferences
- Engineering Central: Lists engineering positions and resumes across all engineering disciplines
- Engineer.net: A broad-scale engineering job-search engine that many companies use to find new talent
- Chemical Engineering Journal
- Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data
- The Open Chemical Engineering Journal
Last updated December 2014