Saturday, May 28, 2022

Chemical Engineering vs Chemistry: What Major is Right For You?

Hello I'm gonna be discussing chemical engineering and chemistry in several different categories today including salary tuition a brief summary of just an overall view the workplace and some professional organizations so according to the ACS website chemistry is the study of composition structure properties and the reactions of the .

Matter so chemists take a little bit more chemistry classes than actual chemical engineers so they can work with processes and materials on a very small scale perhaps in a lab actually most of the time they're gonna be working in a lab so since they have greater skill than chemical engineers they pass the results back up to the chemical engineer .

So they can scale the results up for use in industry so the chemical engineers they take a little bit of chemistry well not a little bit they still have a good amount but not as much as actual chemistry major and they combine that with the principles of things like biology math physics economics and they make all these processes better with the .

Data that they get from chemists with the data that they get themselves so yeah they they basically they design a bunch of things they that chemicals run through basically like pipes tanks pumps things that carry chemicals they also do a whole bunch of stuff but we'll get into that later and those two terms at the bottom qualitatively and .

Quantitatively know what those mean if you're gonna be a chemist those are used a lot in the chemical world qualitatively just means quality quality over quantity of a chemical reaction quantitatively means the exact opposite so professional societies and you're gonna want to join one of these right when you get into college because it .

Will help you know if the major is right for you because you will be around people who are also interested in that thing and believe me like I did not want to join one at all because I I wanted to have more free time but it's it's really no big deal honestly like the Ikey or ACS they're both great organizations you .

Can join free of charge if finished an undergraduate student so I would advise you to get with your chapter leader and join ASAP because it is a resume builder and you can put that on a resume it'll help you apply for internships you can also find internships through those websites as well so there's a lot of useful information on there as well as .

Information about your major so if you're still thinking about what you want to major in in college then you could go to one of those two websites if you're still in high school that is you can go to one of those two websites and find very useful information on your major and just see if you want to major in chemical .

Engineering or chemistry or even another type of engineering if you don't want to do Chemical Engineering because engineers do tend to work in plants I'm getting ahead of myself though they do tend to work in plants a lot together so yeah experience and resume builders do matter because you can get in a leadership role in one of those .

Professional societies or just you being a member really does matter so the salary so I got this data from two websites chemical engineers get paid a little bit more the mean annual salary then chemistry engineers so this data is what I pulled chemistry engineers the average salary is about 60 K and that's just the .

Average salary that's not even an entry level salary chemical engineers getting paid right out of the gate at sixty eight thousand sixty six hundred and ninety and that's just a rough approximation that would be different for whichever state you live in and it increases what the years of experiences you experience you get so .

The mean annual salary for in chemical engineering increases substantially as you can see there two hundred fourteen hundred and seventy these statistics are from this year as well I'll put all my sources in the links below if you guys want to check them and look at them just to make sure I'm not getting giving you false information but as your experience .

Grows you will definitely get paid more in both of these majors as well with chemistry majors there's a little bit more of a demand for teaching especially if you have your educational credentials so let's move on okay so workplace so chemistry majors generally they do a whole bunch of things I put a little bit of answers a little bit of examples .

There they generally always work in lab some sort of lab so forensic scientists today would arrive on the crime scene and analyze like all these different types of like blood and one on it stuff like that but then they would go back to lab and analyze it and like a chromatogram or a spectrometer not not a chromatogram but a spectrometer plant .

Chemists they develop efficient foreign practices keep soil safe I thought those were two pretty cool jobs but it all comes back like research and development and a little services there's also teaching on both sides according to the ACS website that's where I got that data from chemistry graduates with education credentials are .

In very high demand so if you would like to be a teacher you should probably just do chemistry my here chemistry is a easier major than Chemical Engineering but a lot of those chemistry classes are hard as well so they're both pretty hard majors but Chemical Engineering has more hard classes if that makes sense um let's see so chemical engineering .

Chemical engineers they can work in a brewery and that is where alcohol is developed so they would work on turning barley and hops and alcohol and just like the tanks and pumps where that runs through they can also work in the field taking environmental measurements or working on oil rigs stuff like that designing things again signing oil rigs .

Making big engineering drawings for all those like they can work in a plant so that's where raw materials are converted into valuable products so a steel industry would be a good example of that where they convert all these different types of alloy into just up here mild steel and a refinery would be another example so they just take a bunch of .

Different raw materials and convert it into gasoline diesel and ethanol and all these different kinds of fuel that you'll end up put it in your car so these are just two pictures I got from the internet of examples where a chemical engineer may work so the top right one may be something more that you would design as a chemical engineer just .

Stuff that things would flow through chemicals you know that you would scale up from a chemists to design or chemists experiment or chemicals that they gave you you scale it up to a bigger scale and bottom left maybe the field that you work in it's it's an example of a plant so if you would be working at a plant and for example like they sent you .

You're like hey I'm gonna go work in the field you would leave the office at the plant maybe have your own desk at the office that you would go and work in the field so you would go out into the plant which is the field part of the plant and these are places of work for chemistry major so it's just two pictures of labs basically just general .

Lab equipment there's beakers pretty sure you guys all know the basic pieces of lab equipment beakers flasks and things like that so basically if you don't want to work in a lab I would not advise you to be a chemist unless you want to be a teacher all right so courses you have to take and I've already discussed this kind of .

Briefly chemical engineers well I might as well go over chemistry first they take to all the major branches of chemistry which makes sense because they are chemistry majors so for example they would take organic quantitative physical and organic and if I'm missing anything please forgive me those are just some examples those are the ones I know they .

Take general physics either calculus based trig based I think engineers have to take calculus base to my understanding and they take math through calculus and possibly differential equations they would also take some humanities classes I think is their core classes and chemical engineers they take most of the chemical classes chemistry .

Classes studied by chemists I know me I'm doing Chemical Engineering I did not have to take quantitative analysis physical chemistry or inorganic chemistry I only took all the way up to organic chemistry – and Gen chem 1 and Gen chem 2 and then I'm done I don't have to take any more chemistry classes and then there's examples of engineering .

Courses below and there's also added math courses and they have to take all the way up to calculus 3 chemical engineers do so there is a lot more variety of courses in chemical engineering so this is the tuition for chemical engineers and chemistry majors chemical engineering for state residents on .

Average the average data reported by the research I did and this is just for average state residents so it's different depending on where you live so for chemical engineers it's actually lower and for out-of-state students for chemistry students it's actually lower so the tuition is very very weird and .

You would need to do depending on what state you're in you would need to do a little bit of research on that I was not gonna do all 50 states in this slide because it was kind of a tricky thing to put into one PowerPoint slide and yeah those are all my links that I'm gonna put into the description below thank you if you made it to the end of this video .

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