Chemical engineers do work that can have a big impact. At Nevada, professors in our chemical engineering department are working on exciting new technologies that have the ability to improve human health, the environment and business efficiency.
Chemical engineers are the technological leaders in fields from the production of computer chips, to the design of pharmaceuticals and artificial organs, to the development of clean and affordable energy systems such as fuel cells. Many chemical engineers go on to work in the energy industry, but opportunities exist in fields as diverse as biotechnology, electronics, mining and business.
Additionally, chemical engineers enjoy strong employment and earning prospects. According to a 2011 report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, chemical engineering majors had median earnings of $86,000, ranking them among the top earning majors, and an employment rate of 95 percent.