Professional Development


2017 AIChE Salary Survey: Overview

Salary Survey
Are you working in the right industry to make the most out of your chemical engineering degree? Ever wonder if other chemical engineers with the same experience level get paid more than you? Check out the results of AIChE’s biennial salary survey to find out which industry pays the most, how your salary stacks up to those of your peers, and the difference in salary between genders. Other factors explored in this year’s survey results include age, job function, supervisory responsibilities, and geographical location. Also, check out the benefits and health insurance packages being offered to chemical engineers.

A Grad Student’s Right Decision

November 18, 2013

Learn how one grad student in biological engineering has increased his professional reach and enriched his career as a volunteer.

What Skills Do ChemE Employers Look For?

November 4, 2013

A panel of executives discuss the traits and skills they look for in new hires, as well as opportunities in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and energy for young chemical engineers.

The Second Phase of ChE Education

October 23, 2013

What you learn in a ChE degree program is powerful—but once we start work, every chemical engineer finds out they need to learn even more.

Become a Better Networker

October 11, 2013

For CEP’s October’s Career Corner “Career Success through Networking,” columnist Loraine Kasprzak, CMC, interviewed Kevin Shulman, president of Shulman Associates, an Iselin, NJ, sales training and client development firm.

The Mentoring Experience at Chevron

August 16, 2013

Kevin Watson, team lead, OE Support for Capital Projects at Chevron, exchanges thoughts and mentoring experiences with recent hire and facilities engineer Amy Bordonaro.

Becoming a Leader

August 5, 2013

Loraine Kasprzak, CMC, of CEP magazine talks to senior executive coach Mike Martorella to learn how engineers can become successful leaders.

Women in Chemical Technology: Kristine Chin

July 15, 2013

AIChE's Kristine Chin shares her path in the field of chemical engineering, including her experience starting out as a chemical engineer in an all-male lab.

Negotiating for Financial Success

June 27, 2013

Negotiating salary and other compensation right can really set the pace of your career with a company and beyond. Use these tips to negotiate financial success.

Environmental Engineer Turns Brewmaster

June 26, 2013

Cody Martin, who says his beer is "made in Texas by Texans," was working as an environmental engineer when he became obsessed with becoming a brewmaster.

Transitioning to Management

June 14, 2013

Loraine Kasprzak, CMC, of CEP magazine interviews senior executive coach Mike Martorella for advice on making the transition from engineer to manager.

What’s the State of Chemical Engineering Employment in 2013?

June 6, 2013

We have all heard reports that there is a high demand for chemical engineers, but as is usually the case, the headlines don't always match individuals' experiences. See what other chemical engineers have to say about employment prospects.

Career Game-Changers

May 30, 2013

Searching for a job? Check out these tips for improving networking skills, interviewing, and for building solid negotiation techniques.

MBA the ChemE Way

May 22, 2013

Considering an MBA? “MBA the ChemE Way” session in San Antonio gave a quick snapshot into planning and applying to business schools, a look into core classes every MBA takes, and some words from experienced MBAs.

When the Dream Job Doesn't Appear

May 16, 2013

Didn't find your dream job right out of college? Or looking for a job while still in school? Hear how one chemical engineer is tackling the job search and learn from his experience on the job hunt.

What Is the Goal?

May 14, 2013

When is the last time you read a novel that offered insights you could apply on the job as a process engineer? Check out the classic The Goal for a must-read drama that takes place inside a manufacturing plant.

Dr. John McKetta, Jr. Honored at Spring Meeting

April 30, 2013

Numerous AIChE members from academia and industry gathered Monday evening to honor the lifelong achievements and contributions of Dr. John McKetta, Jr., whose career touched the lives of literally thousands of young engineers.

Balancing Life & Career: Is It All or Nothing?

April 24, 2013

Finding a balance between work and life is difficult for many, but the challenge seems even greater for women in STEM careers. Could a long-term view the best approach to tackling this challenge?

Looking Back: Oil Exploration Before Big Data

April 11, 2013

Watch as George Laguros, Geophysicist for the Marathon Oil Corporation in Houston, Texas, talks about analyzing seismic data in the present and reminisces about the days of analysis with a pencil, slide rule, and graph paper.

Meet Jon Haughton — Featured YP for April

April 9, 2013

Meet Jon Haughton, this month's Featured YP, who is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a wide range of interests and some smart advice for other young chemical engineers and students.

Your Career as a Volunteer

April 4, 2013

There are many opportunities in the workplace and beyond for volunteering that can enrich your career and your life. Read about how other chemical engineers are contributing and making a difference.

Teaching Safety in University Settings - GCPS Event

April 3, 2013

Process safety and a safety culture are needed in our higher education system not just to meet new ABET requirements, but also to meet the expectations of our industrial constituents, and to prepare students as responsible engineers.

Today's Students, Tomorrow's Clean Tech Leaders

March 26, 2013

Have chemical engineering programs become divorced from the world and people they serve? One program has a new approach to focusing chemical engineering students on the world's challenges.

Moving from Student to Chemical Engineer

March 5, 2013

ChEnected interviewed Sarah Ewing about moving from school to the business world on a video chat recently. Sarah graduated from UC Irvine 2010 with B.S. Chemical Engineering, and was a field engineer at Schlumberger and now serves as a field applications engineer at FMC. Check out the video and hear what she has to say.

Finding the Right Career in Chemical Engineering

February 28, 2013

Not sure where your place is in the world of chemical engineering? Robert Szczesniak wasn't sure either, but he found a great fit. Today, he travels the world working on different projects as a chemical engineer. He describes the path – which wasn't always so direct – and gives advice for finding a position that will be a good fit for you.

Book Review: Great Webinars

January 14, 2013

Need to create a jaw-dropping presentation? Cynthia Clay’s Great Webinars can help chemical engineers create presentations that are more captivating and informative.

Houston's SURGE Energy Accelerator Wants You!

December 11, 2012

Open to companies from all over the world, Surge is the only accelerator in the U.S. focused completely on energy software. It's now accepting applications for its second spring class, when it will take ten startups and provide them with $30,000 in seed funding, free office space, and access to dozens of mentors in exchange for a six percent equity stake.

Where Are All the Women?

December 6, 2012

Adina D. Sterling, assistant professor of strategy at Washington University Olin Business School, shares her own thoughts and experiences and invites your opinions on STEM gender equality. What will it take to bring more women to STEM professions? Join in the conversation.

Self-Taught Sixteen-Year-Old Inventor Wows MIT

November 30, 2012

Leaving Sierra Leone for the first time, 16-year-old Kelvin Doe flew to the US to participate in MIT's fabled practitioner's program, where he demo-ed his soldered and duct-taped radio hardware to admiring undergrads.

Are You an Entrepreneur?

November 16, 2012

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? If you're still in college or just beginning your career, answering this question will save you a lot of angst and floundering. Check out the video to learn more.

Young Professionals at Pittsburgh's Library Bar [PHOTOS]

November 1, 2012

More than 80 young professionals gathered at The Library on Pittsburgh's South Side for the joint YP-SIOC Social co-sponsored by the Young Professionals Committee (YPC) and the Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC). Check out the photos of this exercise and other fun we had at the event below in the slideshow.

ChemEs and Career Transitions

October 25, 2012

Many ChemEs go through one or more career transitions and need different skills or expertise in each new position. Have you made a career transition? I want to hear about it.

YPC Presents an "MBA the ChemE Way" Workshop

October 23, 2012

If you are like most engineers, you didn’t have much time for electives in college – and when you did, economics may not have been your cup of tea. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if AIChE had some business-related programming at the Annual Meeting for Young Professionals to learn more and add to their skill sets? Your wait is over!

Why Not South Africa?

October 15, 2012

Sometimes my job takes me to unexpected places. A few weeks ago, I flew to South Africa to attend the South African Conference for Chemical Engineers, give a talk on chemical engineering education in the U.S., and meet with the World Chemical Engineering Council.

Book Review: Peer Power

October 8, 2012

Have you been challenged by difficult colleagues or by other workplace relationship conflicts? Then maybe Peer Power should be next on your reading list!

Presentations for Graduating Students by YPC

September 26, 2012

The Young Professional Committee is proud to present a number of outstanding presentations, tailored specifically for graduating chemical engineers, at the upcoming Annual Student Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, beginning on Friday, October 26.

Advice for Young Job Seekers

August 6, 2012

The question students ask most is what can they do to get a job in engineering, but often the answer lies with people they already know. Read more about how others have found jobs and gain from their advice and experience.

A Holistic Approach to Sustainability: An Interview with Laura Gimpelson, P.E.

July 26, 2012

Want to know how sustainability goes beyond the carbon footprint and greenhouse gas production? Check out this interview with Laura Gimpelson, a registered professional engineer in multiple states with more than 30 years of experience in green technology, environmental cleanup, and environmental safety. Laura will be presenting at the upcoming Virtual Local Section later today.


Subscribe to Professional Development