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Chemical Engineers

Work Environment

Because the industries in which chemical engineers work are so varied—from academia to waste treatment and disposal—the working conditions also vary. Most chemical engineers work in clean, well-maintained offices, laboratories, or plants, although some occasionally work outdoors, particularly construction engineers. Travel to new or existing plants may be required. Some chemical engineers work with dangerous and carcinogenic chemicals, but the adoption of safe working practices has greatly reduced potential health hazards in most circumstances. Chemical engineers at institutions of higher learning spend their time in classrooms or research laboratories.

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