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Where are the 33,470 Chemical Engineers?

Chemical Engineers (ChE) have changed the world and impacted the lives of everyone.

ChE's have created:

  • The LCD screen

  • Pampers

  • Pringles

  • The mass production of penicillin

  • Gasoline

  • Post-It notes

  • Adhesive tape

  • Gore-Tex (used in protective clothing for our first responders and synthetic blood vessels, to name a few)

  • Polymers (otherwise your computer key board would not exist)

  • Ammonia (developed an economical process without which there would not be enough fertilizer for growing food for the world's continually expanding population)

  • ...and the list goes on.

As of August 2015, there were:

  • 142,300,000 employed people in the United States

  • 5.4% (7,700,000) employed in the STEM categories (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

  • 33,470 are Chemical Engineers (0.024%)

  1. 22,740 ChE's are employed in EPC firms, R&D, sales, teaching

  2. 10,730 ChE's are employed in chemical production / manufacturing facilities

Where are the ChE's located?

The table below shows the ChE employment by state from the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report (May 2014).

At Searchrsa we focus on "in plant" chemical engineers. The next time you have a critical hiring need or would like to chat about the next step in your career, contact us.

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