Chemical and Biological Engineering

Potential careers

Many graduates from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering go into careers directly related to the subject with job titles such as Chemical Engineer, Process Engineer, Petroleum Engineer, Energy Engineer, and Graduate Nuclear Engineering Trainee.

These jobs are in sectors such as oil and gas, nuclear, energy, pharmaceuticals, food/drink, and polymers.

Others go into careers that utilise the high level numerical, analytical and problem solving skills gained from studying the subject, such as Production Manager, Quality Manager, Chartered Accountant, Risk Consultant, Investment Analyst, IT Consultant, and Logistics Manager.

A significant proportion go on to further study after graduation at Masters or PhD/MPhil level.

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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates

Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.

Understand yourself and your options

Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.

Chemical and Biological Engineering - What University of Sheffield Graduates do six months after graduation

This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling or taking time out.

Graduate case studies

Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.

Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject

Options with your subject - Chemical Engineering

Make a start by reading this section of the Prospects website and develop ideas on how best you can use your degree.

There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider, such as chemical engineer or process engineer. However, you should remember that a large proportion of vacancies advertised to graduates are open to any degree subject, so you should be prepared to explore all your options.

What can I do with an engineering degree?

This guide produced by Targetjobs, should help you think about the skills you have and the jobs they can be applied to.

Explore types of jobs - Prospects

Prospects includes profiles covering a wide range of occupations, including job descriptions, salary, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.

Search courses and research

If you are interested in postgraduate study, a good place to start is Prospects which offer a database of courses and research opportunities.

Graduates from undergraduate degrees can progress on to Masters degrees in related areas such as Environmental and Energy Engineering, Biological and Bioprocessing Engineering, Process Safety and Loss Prevention, Water Engineering, and Nuclear Science. Others may go on to study for PhD/MPhil research degrees.

Alternatively graduates can progress onto other vocational courses in a wide range of employment areas which provide recognised qualifications for entry into specific careers.

Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest

Career Connect

We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.

Information resources

Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.

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