Sukhada, Amt asked Surya Mallapragada, Iowa State University

AddedSaturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Is I.T. right for me?

Hello, I have just passed my 12th with decent score here in India and had opted for iit....I cracked it but with the rank I got ,I would not get any good iit. That's why I might have to look for nits and other Colleges now. I love chemistry and maths and that's why I have inclination towards chemical engineering.But everyone around me including my dad (who is also an engineer) and teachers are telling me that it is not very promising career option and it is very different from college chemistry and you will not like it in future and they are also telling me that its hazardous....What shall I do?I had opted help from one of the respected chem engineer from very same site and their response helped me a lot but as I saw you have been grown in India, I think you can help me the best and i also dream to do ms and p.h.d in us and lead research field. Please help me as soon as possible because i have to choose my branch within week or so. Thanks for the help
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  • Surya Mallapragada , Iowa State University
    Answered Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Sukhada, congratulations on doing well on your 12th and the JEE. I have a chemical engineering background and if you are interested in chemistry and math, chemical engineering seems like a good fit for you. Regarding career options in chemical engineering, I tend to disagree with the advice that you have been receiving. Chemical engineering is a scaled-up version of the college chemistry that you have been exposed to.Chemical engineering is a very broad field that deals with making different substances, arranging from petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, advance materials, consumer products etc. So there are a wide range of industries and career options to choose with a degree in chemical engineering. And while some processes involve significant chemical hazards, am important part of the chemical engineering education involves safety. And depending on the sector you choose, the hazard levels involved will be different. 

    Hope this helps. Good luck.