Undergraduate Major Details

Chemical Engineering

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Chemical Engineering major is in the College of Engineering.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Air Liquide
Alza Johnson & Johnson
Anheuser-Busch Inbev
C&H Sugar
Davis Dollars
International House, Davis
Makel Engineering
Perishable Foods Council of Northern CA
Phillips 66
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Sierra Nevada
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
VietNamese Cancer Awareness Education & Research Society

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 54 22 40.7%
2013-14 79 22 27.8%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 45.5% 36.4% 13.6% 4.5%
2013-14 59.1% 36.4% 0.0% 4.5%
2014-15 41.2% 52.9% 5.9% 0.0%
2015-16 47.2% 43.4% 7.5% 1.9%
2016-17 30.0% 50.0% 20.0% 0.0%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Anheuser-Busch Inbev Engineer
Anheuser-Busch Inbev Group Manager
Anheuser-Busch Inbev Operations Group Manager
C&H Sugar Entry Level Engineer
ChevronTexaco Process Engineer
E. & J. Gallo Winery Process Technology Intern
E. & J. Gallo Winery Production Engineer Intern
E. & J. Gallo Winery Quality Control
Genentech Operations Rotational Development Program Analyst
General Mills Incorporated Manufacturing and Engineering Associate
Illumina Research Associate
John Zink Hamworthy Combustion Project Manager (Engineer)
LightRiver Technologies, Inc Associate Engineer
OSIsoft Operations Engineer
ProUnlimited Manufacturing Technical Specialist II
Schlumberger Field Engineer
Sutter Home Winery Lab Technician
Trinchero Family Estates Lab Technician

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $67,875 $65,500
2013-14 $58,000 $58,000
2014-15 $55,400 $58,000
2015-17 $58,000 $58,000