IChemE publishes biosector career profiles

Article by Amanda Doyle

ICHEME has launched a collection of chemical engineering career profiles to inspire the next generation into a career in the bioeconomy.

The profiles show how chemical engineers in this emerging sector can help to tackle challenges facing society and illustrate the relevance of the profession to people in the process of choosing a career. The booklet, Chemical engineering careers in the bioeconomy: A selection of career profiles, profiles 21 IChemE members working in a range of areas such as bioprocess design and manufacturing, energy, food and nutrition, health and wellbeing, and water. The profiles are of engineers at different stages of their career, from early career to executive and board leaders.

It provides a careers guidance resource for those in higher education, and offers insight for undergraduate students seeking industrial placements and employment.

The booklet was produced by chemical engineers who are leading IChemE’s BioFutures Programme, following on from the Biofutures Programme’s last report. The programme was set up in 2017 to assist in the development of IChemE’s work in the biosector as a learned society.

James Winterburn, Chair of the Careers Working Group within IChemE BioFutures Programme, said: “Chemical engineers working in the biosector have expertise that makes them uniquely placed to make a real difference to major global challenges, such as the production of safe, reliable and sustainable food and water supplies; manufacturing life-saving drugs and therapeutics; and finding alternatives to reduce dependence on fossil fuel energy sources to achieve net zero targets.

“Many young people may be unaware of the opportunities available to them when looking to study a degree or apprenticeship in chemical engineering. This career profile collection will not only really help students make more informed choices about their studies, but will help them when applying for placements, and graduate opportunities. We hope these career profiles inspire chemical engineers at all career stages when looking for progression and skill development based upon the paths these professionals have taken.”

The booklet will be reviewed regularly to ensure continued relevance and to expand the career profiles.

Article by Amanda Doyle

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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