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2019 AIChE Salary Survey: Overview

June
2019
Salary Survey
The results of AIChE’s biennial salary survey are in, revealing positive advances for the chemical engineering profession. The median annual salary of respondents to the 2019 survey is $126,000 — a 1.6% increase over the 2017 median of $124,000.

Women in Chemical Technology: Wendy C. Young

June 25, 2013

ChE Wendy Young Reed believes in pursuing passions. She advises: "“Follow your heart. Do something that you’re passionate about.” Hear more about how she's pursued her passions as a chemical engineer.

AIChE Journal Highlight: The Importance of Teaching Engineers Professional Skills

July
2017
Journal Highlight
Although technical ability is typically the primary focus of chemical engineering education, professional skills — such as communication, teamwork, ethical behavior, and time management — are often more important in an engineer’s career, Phil Wankat of Purdue Univ. says in the July AIChE Journal Perspective article, “Teaching Professional Skills.”

Free Faculty Process Safety Workshops

June 6, 2017

In recognition of the work that academic faculty do to prepare the next generation of chemical engineers, AIChE is partnering with industry leaders to provide free faculty workshops in process safe

2017 AIChE Salary Survey: Overview

June
2017
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.

Career Corner: Cultivate Habits that Boost Your Productivity

June
2017
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
We are surrounded by technology that is intended to help us boost our productivity. Email, cellphone apps, and video conferencing are just a few of the many technological improvements that should be helping us get more done in our workday.

Leadership Q&A: A CEO’s Role in Corporate Culture

May
2017
Leadership Q&A
Trinseo, a global chemical materials producer with 2016 revenues of $3.7 billion, was formed in 2010 from the sale of four business units of Dow Chemical. Formerly known as Styron, Trinseo has combined the assets and technologies of those businesses...

YPOV: Skills They Don’t Teach You in School

May
2017
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
It’s impossible to learn everything you need to know for your career in a four-year undergraduate program. A proper education should prepare you with the tools and skills you need to problem-solve in the “real world.” However, the typical chemical...

April 2017 CEP Preview

April 12, 2017

This month: a special feature on becoming a better writer, which anyone can read in full online.

Soft Skills for Chemical Engineers

April
2017
Career Catalyst
The term soft skills refers to nontechnical proficiencies. As the name implies, soft skills are not rigidly defined but often include communication (verbal and written), teamwork and collaboration, leadership, creativity, and adaptability.

Get Creative with Process Safety Management

April
2017
Safety
Paul Baybutt
Creative thinking is a necessary skill in process safety. While most people are born with the capacity for creative thinking, this skill can be lost through formal education and societal pressures that discourage it. Luckily, creative thinking can be learned.

Career Corner: Tests Than Can Help You Reinvent Your Career

April
2017
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
If you wake up most mornings thinking that you would rather be doing anything other than your current job, then it may be time to do something about it. Your skills and expertise as a chemical engineer are applicable to numerous engineering and STEM...

Become a Better Writer

April
2017
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
You may call yourself an engineer, but you’re also a writer. Follow these 10 tips to improve your writing.
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