Starting salaries for chemical engineers are among the highest at $66,400 per year, according to Forbes. A study ranked chemical engineers' starting salaries at number two behind computer engineering.
Chemical engineers work in a number of industries, including food processing, manufacturing, health care, pharmaceuticals and safety. They are responsible for creating and improving processes that develop products in their chosen fields. They also ensure the safety of food, drugs, medical equipment and other products by developing new ways to produce them. Some chemical engineers work in health, science or educational labs, but there are many jobs available in both the public and private sectors, notes AIChE.