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Chemical Engineering Manager

Career Area: Engineering

Occupation Group: Engineering Managers

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Chemical Engineering Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $118,787

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $106,581

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Oversees engineering and technical design of chemical engineering projects, such as chemical plants or chemical transportation. Manages communication and coordination among different types of engineers working on a project. Supervises project schedule, budget, and communications with stakeholders.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina4+10.1%
Nationwide170+5.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Chemical Engineering Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Biomedical Engineering: Working experience of Biomedical Engineering, which is the application of engineering principles to the fields of biology and health care. Bioengineers work with doctors, therapists and researchers to develop systems, equipment and devices in order to solve clinical problems.
  • Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Engineering, is the discipline that applies engineering, physics, and materials science principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Product Development: In business and engineering, new product development (NPD) covers the complete process of bringing a new product to market.
  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Chemical Engineering Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Physics: Knowledge and working experience of the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy.
  • Design for Manufacture/Design for Assembly (DFM/DFA): Design for manufacturability (also sometimes known as design for manufacturing or DFM) is the general engineering practice of designing products in such a way that they are easy to manufacture.
  • Medical Technology: Working experience of Medical Technology, which can be considered as any technology used to save lives in individuals suffering from a wide range of conditions. In its many forms, medical technology is diagnosing, monitoring and treating most diseases or conditions.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years18%
3 to 5 years35%
6 to 8 years16%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Manager Clinical Engineering
  • Senior Project Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Chief Biomedical Engineer
  • Engineering Manager

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