Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry and biology to solve problems in the production of chemicals, fuel, pharmaceuticals, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations. Most chemical engineers have a bachelors degree in chemistry, as well as internship experience. They may spend a large portion of their work day at chemical plants and petrolueum refineries, directing operations or solving chemical reaction problems. The average salary for chemical engineers was $97,360 as reported the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2017.
Biomedical engineers design equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare. Bachelors degree programs in bioengineering include extensive organic chemistry lab work, and offer courses such as fluid mechanics, computer programming, chemical reactivity, and biomaterials. Accredited programs also include technical training in engineering design, and practical internships in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The median annual wage for biomedical engineers was $86,220 in May 2017. Further, employment of biochemical engineers is projected to grow 23% in the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations.