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Chemical engineers’ median salary soars to $120,000
Fuel Fix ^ | June 18, 2013 | Simone Sebastian

Posted on 06/18/2013 11:23:54 AM PDT by thackney

Chemical engineers are pulling a median salary of $120,000, a 9 percent hike since 2011, according to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. And unemployment in the field has dropped to 2.1 percent, from 3.8 percent in 2011.

The trade group has released the latest edition of its biennial salary survey, which shows the employment environment has improved considerably for chemical engineers in the past couple of years. In the group’s last survey, conducted in 2011, raises for chemical engineers had declined to their lowest point in two decades.

Since then, the U.S. shale boom has released an abundance of natural gas on the market, providing a low-cost feedstock for the chemical industry. That has led to the rapid expansion of chemical plants and a surge in hiring in the chemicals business, particularly on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast.

As the employment environment has improved, however, salary differences between the genders have persisted, the survey found. While there’s little disparity between salaries of young women and young men early in their careers, the pay gap in chemical engineering widens considerably as professionals gain experience.

After 10 years in the business, women at almost all ages and experience levels made less than their male counterparts, according to the chemical engineers’ institute.

The organization attributed the pay gap to family leave. For both men and women, taking six months to a year off of work was associated with an average salary cut of about $14,000, the group’s survey found.

“Most of the male respondents who took time off were out for three months or less, while female respondents were most likely to take off four to six months,” wrote Cynthia Mascone in a summary of the survey results in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ magazine.

The survey also showed that in general, engineers whose salaries fall behind because of family leave never catch up.

“We read this as good news, though, for women pursuing a career in chemical engineering,” said American Institute of Chemical Engineers Executive Director June Wispelwey in a written statement. “It’s been five decades since the passage of the Equal Pay Act, and some industries still demonstrate pay inequity between men and women. This salary survey shows that chemical engineering is a fantastic career that compensates both women and men fairly.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: chemical; energy

1 posted on 06/18/2013 11:23:54 AM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney

Demand for chemical engineers has also soared on green energy research, backed mostly by the feds.


2 posted on 06/18/2013 11:26:51 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: thackney

Ex-Ladyfriend’s daughter graduated at the top of her class at OSU a couple years ago. Dual Majors; Chemistry and Bio-Mechanical Engineering. Companies were fighting over her when she completed her Sophomore year. I’m not worried about her job future!


3 posted on 06/18/2013 12:05:07 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Wow.


4 posted on 06/18/2013 12:13:04 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

At OSU or The OSU?


5 posted on 06/18/2013 12:17:21 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: jjotto
Demand for chemical engineers has also soared on green energy research, backed mostly by the feds.

Do you have anything to back up that statement. Or are you just guessing?

6 posted on 06/18/2013 12:28:31 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (If I had a tag line this is where you would find it)
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To: thackney

So why the heck can’t I find a job?


7 posted on 06/18/2013 12:31:50 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: InterceptPoint

I do catalysis research.


8 posted on 06/18/2013 12:38:16 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: machogirl

Are you a Chemical Engineer?


9 posted on 06/18/2013 12:41:03 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

"One word.......'Plastics'!"

10 posted on 06/18/2013 12:42:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: thackney

Study useful things in school, get a good job.

Major in Liberal Arts, work at Starbucks.


11 posted on 06/18/2013 12:44:43 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: thackney

got my degree in that.


12 posted on 06/18/2013 12:45:52 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: machogirl
My daughter just graduated as a Chem.E. from UF and was hired 6 months before her graduation.
13 posted on 06/18/2013 12:53:23 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: InterceptPoint; machogirl

IP, have a look.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3032772/posts

MG,

Try the above contractor or others if you are in Technology/Process/Plant design, Safety, etc.


14 posted on 06/18/2013 12:53:49 PM PDT by melancholy (Professor S. Alinsky, Fleet Maintenance, White Hive Trolley Bosses)
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To: jjotto
I do catalysis research.

Yes, but what do you know about where the new jobs are for chemical engineers?

Note: I'm an engineer myself and I have some grand-kids that I'm encouraging to "go technical". So I have a stake in tracking where the jobs are these days in the technical fields.

15 posted on 06/18/2013 12:56:07 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (If I had a tag line this is where you would find it)
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To: melancholy; InterceptPoint; machogirl

LOL,

Wrong URL!

Try this:

http://www.fluor.com/business_segments/energy_chemicals/Pages/default.aspx


16 posted on 06/18/2013 12:56:36 PM PDT by melancholy (Professor S. Alinsky, Fleet Maintenance, White Hive Trolley Bosses)
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To: machogirl

Houston is crying for ChE’s.


17 posted on 06/18/2013 12:58:21 PM PDT by NonLinear (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: thackney

Ohio State. She had so many grants and scholarships that it cost her Mom nothing but a bit on taxes. One paid room and board, and actually gave her some walking around cash! She tutored for extra cash. Daughter of Chinese immigrants. Very motivated,,, besides being brilliant. I miss her terribly! She was basically my little girl for 15 years.


18 posted on 06/18/2013 12:58:47 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
My Alma Mater, THE Ohio State University.

My engineering degree came from them a few decades ago.

19 posted on 06/18/2013 1:01:04 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: NonLinear

They’d be crying once I sent them my resume. lol No PE cause I stayed at home raising our 4 kids. I had the “Domestic Engineer” title.


20 posted on 06/18/2013 1:02:21 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: DocRock

Good for her! Awesome. None of my kids wanted to follow in my CHE footsteps. I have several times, applied for Chem E jobs (entry level) at Intel and some other companies where I live (Family Court, couldn’t relocate) and they didn’t even respond. That’s what being a “Domestic Engineer” for twenty years after a BSE CHE does for the resume.


21 posted on 06/18/2013 1:05:13 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: thackney

Good school!


22 posted on 06/18/2013 1:09:07 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: machogirl

“They’d be crying once I sent them my resume. lol No PE “

Maybe for civil engineers and architects, etc. not a requirement for a Chem E.


23 posted on 06/18/2013 1:09:35 PM PDT by melancholy (Professor S. Alinsky, Fleet Maintenance, White Hive Trolley Bosses)
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To: melancholy

That depends on where you work and the work you do.

A legally in Texas, an most states, you cannot call yourself an engineer unless you are a PE. (but this is commonly ignored)


24 posted on 06/18/2013 1:11:56 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

“That depends on where you work and the work you do.”

I don’t doubt that.

Remember, a train driver is called “engineer” :-)


25 posted on 06/18/2013 1:17:24 PM PDT by melancholy (Professor S. Alinsky, Fleet Maintenance, White Hive Trolley Bosses)
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To: melancholy

Believe it or not, I’m still trying to apply for CHEM E jobs in addition to the other two degree things I have. HRs at these companies must be having a huge laugh when they see the 20+ year gap.


26 posted on 06/18/2013 1:18:23 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: thackney

I’m trying to remember, but I think I did take the first part. I believe back then, (I was a member for sometime of the Society of Chem E’s), there were three parts? At least one or two you had to take after being employed for a year or more?


27 posted on 06/18/2013 1:21:01 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: machogirl

Sometimes bypassing HRs is the right thing to do.

If you know some people in the business, THEY will forward your résumé to HR and say, we would like to interview this person.

It’s practically an entry level situation with entry level salary. The twenty-year experience gap would justify the low salary, obviously, if you agree.


28 posted on 06/18/2013 1:26:36 PM PDT by melancholy (Professor S. Alinsky, Fleet Maintenance, White Hive Trolley Bosses)
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To: InterceptPoint

Texas and Louisiana are hotspots. Colorado and other shale oil locales. University research is always a possibility with a lot of university/corporate partnership projects.

Giant companies are always a target, but specialty producers like SABIC and Albemarle do a lot of interesting stuff.

All jobs are hard to come by, of course, but they are there. A lot of engineers end up being salesmen too. In the Midwest, plenty of CEs manage ethanol and biodiesel production.


29 posted on 06/18/2013 1:32:39 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

Thanks.


30 posted on 06/18/2013 1:34:23 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (If I had a tag line this is where you would find it)
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To: InterceptPoint

Wyoming. Gas fields are exploding, as are the ones in northern Colorado.


31 posted on 06/18/2013 1:39:58 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: machogirl
I’m trying to remember, but I think I did take the first part. I believe back then, (I was a member for sometime of the Society of Chem E’s), there were three parts? At least one or two you had to take after being employed for a year or more?

The would have been the Engineering-in-Training Exam, now called the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

I took this far too long after school. For me it was FAR worse than Professional Engineering Exam.

The PE is not required to get started, it just would have opened more doors for you getting started again. Don’t worry about this until a few years after getting into the industry.

http://engineers.texas.gov/lic_eit_exinfo.htm

32 posted on 06/18/2013 1:55:19 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: melancholy

The jobs I have been interviewing for are entry level judicial aide, admin aide, etc. I’d be thrilled with 20 thousand as compared to the nothing I have now.


33 posted on 06/18/2013 4:41:31 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: thackney

Thank you for that. Might be what I took. After 4 kids in 6 years, I quit being a member in the Prof Organization of Chem E’s. I knew there wasn’t a chance in hades in anything less than at least a decade of getting back in.


34 posted on 06/18/2013 4:42:58 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: machogirl

I was 16 years working before I got my PE. I don’t recommend that but plenty are hired without it. Having the PE opens more doors and makes you more valuable.


35 posted on 06/18/2013 5:17:08 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

I imagine the test costs are pretty high now?


36 posted on 06/18/2013 5:21:45 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: machogirl

To get the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, the testing is $400~500. You would spend more on the class to be able to pass the test.

I wouldn’t go after the certification unless you were certain that was a role you wanted. If interested, start by reading up on it:

http://www.pmi.org/

http://www.pmi.org/Certification/~/media/PDF/Certifications/pdc_pmphandbook.ashx

The projects being done now are short on people to help with scheduling, progressing, resource management.


37 posted on 06/19/2013 5:23:33 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: melancholy; machogirl
A correction to something I claimed yesterday.

A{nd} legally in Texas, an{d} most states, you cannot call yourself an engineer unless you are a PE. (but this is commonly ignored)

Graduates of all public universities recognized by the American Association of Colleges and Universities who have a degree from an ABET engineering program have the right to disclose any college degrees received and use the title “Graduate Engineer” on stationery, business cards, and personal communications of any character. A graduate engineer who is employed by a registered firm and who is supervised by a licensed professional engineer may use the term “engineer”.

https://engineers.texas.gov/enforce_faqs.htm

38 posted on 06/19/2013 7:38:31 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

thank you, that might be something


39 posted on 06/19/2013 8:29:51 AM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: machogirl

Those folks don’t require an engineering degree, most are not engineers. But the ability to understand and communicate around complex technical issues makes competent project controls people more desirable (valuable). A ChemE degree would help demonstrate that without any applicable experience.

I see a slow growing (but still a small minority) of the engineering/design people getting PMP certifications. It was more common in Alaska than I see in the Houston area. Recruiters are beginning to value it, but it doesn’t come close to equaling even a small amount of experience.


40 posted on 06/19/2013 8:44:38 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

I think my sisters have that. One is working for a Govt. contractor in the Defense area. Coming up with the money while jobless is a problem. I’ve paid taxes every year since I was 16 and I found in March, that there really are no “safety net programs” for people like me. Only for Illegal Immigrants and refugees.


41 posted on 06/19/2013 9:00:24 AM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: machogirl

My suggestion is not to get the certification now. But if that section of industry sounds like something you would want to do, read up on the many resources available online. Learn a bit and if still interested, buy something like the PMBOK (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge).

The fifth edition is the latest. Earlier editions should be available cheaper and still provide you the basics for starting in this area. Learn the concepts and you will be able to talk intelligently about it in the interviews. You don’t need to be an expert to start out. You have no experience and won’t be expected to know a lot. You can use this to exceed the expectations of those willing to interview you anyways. A little knowledge on the phone may be enough to gain a follow up interview.


42 posted on 06/19/2013 10:20:36 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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