Chemical and biomolecular engineering is a discipline whose study prepares students for an enormously varied set of career paths. Graduates have become corporate executives, plant engineers, professors, inventors, lawyers, researchers, bankers, money managers, physicians, consultants, financial officers, and sales engineers. They have found employment with oil, chemical, biomedical, pharmaceutical, microelectronics, environmental, pulp and paper, food, textile, fertilizer, fragrance, and automobile companies, and with academia, government, banks, and brokerages. Chemical engineers have led the development of biomedicine and biotechnology and they have been crucial to the materials revolution, especially in computer chip manufacture, nanotechnology, and plastics and fibers. Additionally, they are essential in providing the everyday energy needs of the nation. Chemical and biomolecular engineering emphasizes environmentally benign manufacturing and sustainable development.
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering majors have one of the highest starting salaries of any major. In 2015, the median starting salary for graduates was $75,000 (the top rate of all Tech majors). According to a 2015 Hamilton Project survey, chemical engineering undergraduates earn more over a lifetime than any other major in the U.S.