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    Re: Is chemical engineering a good idea in Australia?

    yes, engineering imo would be in high demand. Have a look at career websites and see what type of jobs are available right now
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    Re: Is chemical engineering a good idea in Australia?

    From what I know, there isn't a lot of chemical engineering opportunities in Australia per se unless the said friend is willing to go overseas.

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    Re: Is chemical engineering a good idea in Australia?

    Quote Originally Posted by strawberrye View Post
    From what I know, there isn't a lot of chemical engineering opportunities in Australia per se unless the said friend is willing to go overseas.
    Agreed, many of my friends have had trouble finding jobs.
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    Re: Is chemical engineering a good idea in Australia?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sp3ctre View Post
    Agreed, many of my friends have had trouble finding jobs.
    That's going to be all engineers soon enough.
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    Re: Is chemical engineering a good idea in Australia?

    It depends on why he's interested in ChemEng in the first place, and what alternatives he has. The lack of manufacturing in .au affects all engineering fields, but there are still piles of jobs for ChemEngineers in places like Orica, Dulux etc. If he's choosing between different areas of engineering, then perhaps there might be others that are growing more now (civil?), but if he's keen on chem and is choosing between engineering or science then ChemEng probably offers more opportunities.

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    Re: Is chemical engineering a good idea in Australia?

    Unfortunately also agree with strawberrye and the others (soz square), opportunities are there but it's also quite competitive. That said, it's certainly not a bad idea since there's so much competition in every field now
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    Re: Is chemical engineering a good idea in Australia?

    Like others have said it is a competitive field although basically every degree at this point is, especially engineering degrees. It is also true that Australia doesn't have the manufacturing infrastructure like the US or other countries. The Largest employers of chemical engineers in Australia are resource companies (oil, gas, mining, energy), which offer great graduate pay due to the nature of the work as it's mostly FIFO or rural. I think if you're determined and willing to put in effort you will be able to find graduate employment. Myself and a number of other people in my cohort have received an offer or multiple for grad work and I'm not exactly a top student.
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