There has been a steady amount of engineering graduates in the United Kingdom and Europe over the last decade. As such, the job market for chemical engineers and other engineering specialists has been static. Job demands have been met by university outputs, though the dwindling number of engineering graduates means that the market for chemical engineers favours new graduates. University students are choosing non technical areas of study, avoiding engineering and the sciences in favour of business administration and liberal arts degrees. There are plenty of jobs available for chemical engineers in the UK and Europe, as well as plenty of jobs on the international level for these graduates.
Chemical engineers are needed in a variety of industries, with the market promising for graduates over the next ten years. Automotive companies are always looking for chemical engineers to create the production processes for auto paints, sealants, and engine fluids. Pharmaceutical companies need chemical engineering graduates to help create efficient chemical processes in the creation of prescription drugs. Chemical engineers are also needed in the water treatment, agricultural, and marine industries for a variety of production and troubleshooting tasks. Chemical engineers will also be needed for the expansion of industries, since these engineers help control the efficient manipulation of raw materials into usable products.
Manufacturing companies and other businesses looking for chemical engineers expect excellence in the academic side of chemical engineering from all applicants. The qualified chemical engineer will be able to demonstrate their technical, communications, and creative abilities to a potential employer. Chemical engineers need to know advanced methods of combining chemicals to create a useful production process. They also need to be able to use a mixture of traditional production methods and cutting edge techniques to create a dynamic production system. Chemical engineer graduates also need to be able to communicate to production staff, managers, and executives effectively in order to maintain daily production quotas. Finally, chemical engineers need to be creative in order to think of theoretical and practical chemical processes in terms of how it will influence their companys performance.
Chemical engineers need to consider their options before jumping into their first postgraduate positions. The number of positions available to engineering graduates is plentiful in the European continent but not all positions are equal. Engineering graduates who want a quaint work experience should consider a job with a small agricultural firm. Other chemical engineering aspirants who want considerable advancement opportunities should work with international automotive companies.