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Occupational Employment Statistics


17-2041 Chemical Engineers

Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 208$55.83/hr$44.40/hr$49.67/hr$62.56/hr$62.60/hr$62.60/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services60$62.84/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 10$40.76/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 10$51.88/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 20$62.56/hr17.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 90$62.79/hr8.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 100$62.79/hrN/A
Minnesota 120$61.43/hr11.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Nuclear Engineers N/AN/AN/A
Materials Engineers 430$51.11/hr5.7%
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers 110$51.04/hr2.2%
Materials Scientists 120$51.86/hr3.4%
Mechanical Engineers 5,850$40.63/hr6.0%
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects N/AN/AN/A
Environmental Engineers 790$48.64/hr0.6%
Agricultural Engineers 10$50.37/hrN/A
Petroleum Engineers N/AN/AN/A
Aerospace Engineers 170$39.95/hr16.4%

  • Monitor and analyze data from processes and experiments.
  • Troubleshoot problems with chemical manufacturing processes.
  • Evaluate chemical equipment and processes to identify ways to optimize performance or to ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations.
  • Direct activities of workers who operate or are engaged in constructing and improving absorption, evaporation, or electromagnetic equipment.
  • Perform tests and monitor performance of processes throughout stages of production to determine degree of control over variables such as temperature, density, specific gravity, and pressure.
  • Perform laboratory studies of steps in manufacture of new products and test proposed processes in small-scale operation, such as a pilot plant.
  • Conduct research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes.
  • Conduct research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes.
  • Develop safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment or working in close proximity to ongoing chemical reactions.
  • Troubleshoot problems with chemical manufacturing processes.