Anonymous User wrote:chem wrote:Semi thread jack. Where would ChemE fall you think
ChemE is a rather versatile field because it reaches out to so many lucrative industries, such as petroleum, pharmaceutical, semi-conductor, consumer goods/personal care, and don't forget the traditional chemical industry. Landing an industrial research job as a ChemE PhD is relatively easy compared to most other engineering disciplines, and they get the paid well (typically start with $100,000). Some top ChemE PhDs also go to academia or consulting, but those fields are significantly more competitive.
The problem with ChemE PhDs, as well as other type of engineering PhDs for that matter (I generalize quite a bit here), is their careers level off at the research/technical side unless they advance into the executive rank, at which engineering PhDs hold no advantage over MBA, MS or even BS. From a pure money perspective, IP law is more lucrative if one can make into big IP firms.
I agree with the job prospects of a ChemE degree in the relevant industries.
But, in the field of patent law, a ChemE degree is not as readily marketable as a chemistry degree.
ChemE majors are often pigeon-holed to the chemistry category. A B.S. or master in ChemE might not be adequate for patent prosecution (even for litigation in a highly snobbish boutique) because the bio/chem prosecution is flooded with Ph.Ds.
ChemE Ph.Ds. might be adequate. But they have to study a lot for jobs and get comfortable with chemistry because ChemE majors specialize in process scaling, which is quite different from chemistry. Obviously, most chem/pharm patents are about new compound syntheses (chemistry), rather than about process scaling. Though with a Ph.D., a ChemE doctorate will have to adapt himself and learn advanced chemistry. That's a lot of study to do, in my opinion.
I may be wrong. Maybe big pharmas and oil companies have a lot of patents re large-scale production.
Anyhow, one can always make his way to prosecution/litigation with great interview skills and excellent law school grades. Lay people, OCI interviewers or hiring partners hardly know the differences between ChemE and chemistry. It's one thing to get the offer and another to be efficient and comfortable with the work.