To date, we’ve asked 79 current and past chemical engineering students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

Your major should make you feel excited to put the knowledge and skills you learn to work.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a chemical engineering degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a chemical engineering degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are chemical engineering students compared to other degrees?

Overall, chemical engineering students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 2.9 out of 5. This is low compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, chemical engineering students rate their happiness similarly to students in Engineering Technologies, Journalism and Registered Nursing.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to chemical engineering

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
International Business$79,331
Nursing$64,028
Chemical Engineering$101,986
Engineering Technologies$79,774
Journalism$67,456
Registered Nursing$66,121
Nutrition Science$45,766

Let's break that down further.

Are chemical engineering students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.3 out of 5 stars
93 ratings
5 stars
15%
4 stars
29%
3 stars
30%
2 stars
15%
1 stars
8%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.7 out of 5 stars
90 ratings
5 stars
20%
4 stars
38%
3 stars
30%
2 stars
8%
1 stars
3%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in chemical engineering experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did chemical engineering graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what chemical engineering grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.6 out of 5 stars
88 ratings
5 stars
30%
4 stars
26%
3 stars
26%
2 stars
10%
1 stars
7%

We can see there’s a cluster of positive responses, which might indicate a strong or growing job market.

Were chemical engineering students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
2.9 out of 5 stars
79 ratings
5 stars
10%
4 stars
19%
3 stars
33%
2 stars
23%
1 stars
14%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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