Chemical engineering if pursued sincerely is highly profitable and the scope in India is huge. We are the top paid when compared with the pass outs of other branches and lately there has been a boom in this field and placements are sure. But first you should know what chemical engineering is because students have a misconception about it.A common fear that the work conditions of chemical engineers are hazardous is a fluke. Chemical engineers work in safe environment and direct contact with chemicals is minimum. Chemical engineers in India recruited in many sectors. Some being : petroleum and petrochemicals, paper, fertilizers, rubber, pharmaceuticals, organic and inorganic industries etc. Petroleum and the pharmaceutical sectors are booming and quite in demand.

Some of the major companies are listed below :

In petroleum and gases

  • Reliance industries
  • Essar oils
  • Gujarat oils
  • ONGC
  • BPCL


  • Indo Gulf fertilizers
  • Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd
  • Coromandel fertilizers

Some other companies being :

  • Bengal Chemical and Pharmaceuticals
  • Orissa Drugs and Chemical Ltd
  • Indian Drugs and Pharmaceutical Ltd (IDPL)
  • Bihar Drugs and Organic Chemical Ltd
  • Naramada colours pvt ltd
  • Honeywell
  • Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Aditya Birla Chemicals
  • Arati Industries Ltd
  • L&T

Many students also get recruited to the IT sector. A student desiring such option must additionally have knowledge of any of the computer languages. Some of the companies being TCS, Infosys, Wipro, CTS etc. But it is always best to go for core companies. The fact i understood is that one’s profile should be good. Every student undergoes internship during their course and for you to be outstanding and to get an upper hand in placements it is always better to do internship abroad during your engineering course. 

To be recruited in the Public Sector Undertakings in chemical engineering , you just need to qualify GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) and after that you may apply for any of the top PSUs in India, like ONGC, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, GAIL, NFL, BARC etc. You can ask for proper guidance through e-mail or call just fill up the little details here.

You can also go for higher studies to make your career firm. The undergraduates can take M.Tech or MS in various fields and courses are offered in various IIT’s and NIT’s in India, by just qualifying GATE exam with a good score.

You can do coaching or have proper guidance for cracking GATE exam, to know more just click here.

The topics being : environmental engineering, piping and design, nanotechnology, metallurgy, chemical engineering etc. The students can also take up research options in their interested fields and earn while pursuing their course. You need to write GATE to get into IIT’s and NIT’s. The companies these days consider GATE score too for recruitment and therefore preparing for GATE is very important. You can also do MS in India and abroad as well. The students can take up research options in their interested field and earn while pursuing their course. The basic criteria to do MS abroad is write Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and get a good score. Next is English proficiency tests such as IELTS, TOEFL etc. Get atleast 6.5 out 9 to get admissions in  college abroad. To do MS in US or UK is too high its not easy to extend your visa after your course. But you can also do post graduation cheaply but with more value.

Chemical engineering Jobs and opportunity

What can I do with my degree?:Chemical engineering

A chemical engineering degree develops technical and transferable skills that can lead to a

range of jobs in business, finance and law, as well as engineering…

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

 Chemical engineer

 Energy engineer

 Petroleum engineer

 Product/process development scientist

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

 Analytical chemist

 Energy manager

 Manufacturing engineer

 Materials engineer

 Mining engineer

 Production manager

 Quality manager

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don’t

restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

Work experience is a valuable way of getting first-hand knowledge of specialised industries. If you are

undecided about the area of chemical engineering you want to work in, try to get an industrial

placement to get an idea of what’s available. This may be a placement that’s part of your degree

course, or one you set up yourself during the summer.

Work experience is often available in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical and food and drink

industries. Check out the careers section of company websites for more information.

Typical employers

Employers are as diverse as the products they produce and cover a broad range of industrial sectors.

Any company involved in large-scale conversion of raw materials into a product will require chemical

development engineers.

You’ll find major employers in gas and oil extraction, oil refining, nuclear and other power generation

and other process industries, including pharmaceuticals, fine and heavy chemicals and

agrochemicals. Other manufacturing industries that need chemical engineers include those supplying:

 food and drink;

 toiletries;

 pulp and paper;

 plastic and metals;

 fibres and polymers.

Many chemical development engineers work for engineering consultancy and contracting firms.

Engineers are well equipped for business roles and go into careers in financial services, management

or law.

There are a range of careers for chemical engineers. Be it

atomic science or polymers or paper or plastics or drugs or

food, there is chemical engineering involved in all!

As with all engineers, chemical engineers use math, physics, and economics to solve technical problems. The

difference between chemical engineers and other types of engineers is that they apply the knowledge of

chemistry in addition to other engineering disciplines. Some of them design and invent new processes while

some construct instruments and facilities and some plan and operate facilities. So be it atomic science or

polymers or paper or plastics or drugs or food, there is chemical engineering involved in all!

Here are some of the broad things that chemical engineers can work as:

 Chemical engineer (R&D): They develop the ideas for future plants, improving efficiency, environmental

performance and even developing new products

 Design Engineer: They determine how the process is to work. For example which pieces of equipment will be

needed, and how big they will be.

 Operations Engineer: They spend their time ‘onsite’ ensuring that the plant is producing the right amount of

product to the correct specification

 Projects Engineer: They organise and run projects for engineering companies, this can be anything from

managing a small modification to an existing pharmaceutical facility to building a multi-billion dollar

petrochemicals complex.

Job Prospects

Since Chemical engineering is a vast field, the job prospects and career options are varied and different across a

huge variety of sectors including:

 Chemical and allied products

 Pharmaceuticals

 Energy

 Water

 Food & Drink

 Materials

 Oil & Gas

 Process Plants & Equipment

 Biotechnology

 Environment

 Defence

 Business and Management

 Consultancy

These sectors exist across the private and public sector and thus chemical engineers are spoilt for choice as far

as job opportunities are concerned. You can easily find jobs in areas such as processing, operations or

manufacturing, research and development, design and construction, finance and teaching.