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Careers in the tech industry

  1. Sep 7, 2014 #1
    this is a bit unusual place to put this, but I currently work in the oil/gas industry. it's good experience thus far (almost 2 years), but i can't see myself doing this for much longer. I've always wanted to do research, and in fact dedicated most of my undergrad doing this, and was planning to go back to school, but it didn't work out due to funding issues and I guess a combination of bad luck and a so-so application profile. My area of interest is in polymers, and I'd like to put my foot in the door for the tech industry, just to try something new. I've considered photovoltaics and organic semiconductors, but I don't believe those technologies will really take off in the next several years. Considering that my interest is in polymers, I guess I can't really get too far away from oil/gas because almost all rubber/plastics are derived from refined petro.

    I guess my desire is to work in an industry that's more relevant , and has a greater, more direct impact to consumer needs. My understanding is that the work environment for these types of jobs are more relaxed and innovative. People won't be working with 50 years old equipment or coming up with ways to run a unit with a crippled leg like we're doing right now, just to be able to meet the production goals. There's less focus on bottomline, and more focus on creative problem solving (which I enjoy very much)

    My problem is that I don't have a clue what types of jobs are out there in the tech industry for chemical engineers. I've done job searches, but some insight would be much more helpful.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2014
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  3. Sep 8, 2014 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    Have you looked at DuPont or Dow chemical? They are major players in the chemical industry.


    See what they do and send in an application whether you see a job or not maybe something will appear.

    Basically scout out the industry leaders and see what they are working on, get familiar with the territory and then craft your resume for specific jobs of interest. Remember to save each resume you sent out in the event you get an interview. They will use your resume as a talking point and you need to know what they are reading and have answers for any breaks in your career...
  4. Sep 8, 2014 #3
    the plant I work at actually used to belong to DuPont, and half the plant actually still belongs to them. Like I said, I want to get away from the oil/gas. There's too much emphasis on bottomline, and a string of other BS, that takes the fun right out of my job. I miss working in the lab, and problem solving.
  5. Sep 8, 2014 #4


    Staff: Mentor

    Dupont is more than oil/gas check out this page:


    Your problem is that you really want to go where the research is done and that is usually for a very select few at some key DuPont Research Lab:

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