Chemical or Computer Engineering

Before you make your choice, it is important to know what is chemical engineering and what is computer engineering ?

While chemical engineering is all about use of chemicals to make medicine, fuels, food etc., computer engineering is all about designing computer systems and computer networks.

We analyse the scope of study, the work involved, career prospects, skills required etc., to make your choice easier on whether to go for chemical or computer engineering.

    scope of study


Chemical engineering involves understanding the use of chemicals involved in medicines, fuels, food, water, raw materials, electronics, clothing etc.,


Computer engineering involves design of computer systems, networks, hardware and software development, multimedia, data structures, graphics etc.,

    scope of work involved


  • Design equipment and processes for large-scale manufacturing units.
  • Using efficient methods involved in manufacturing process
  • Improving use of energy and resources for better production and cost control
  • Water treatment and disposal research and development


  • design and development of computer systems
  • software programmes
  • networking technologies
  • data structures
  • creating graphical animations
  • developing advanced chips and circuits
  • design and development of hardware system
  • microprocessors
  • networking hardware
  • computer maintenance etc.,

    type of industry one works


  • Chemical
  • Biotechnological institutes
  • Electronic
  • Food
  • Medical and pharmaceutical
  • Mining and metal
  • Oil and petrochemical
  • Wine making
  • Research organisation


  • IT
  • Banks
  • Airlines
  • Public utilities
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Space research

    specific skills / attributes


Good logical and mental capability to grasp complex technical concepts.


A creative mind coupled with good logical and mental capability, problem     solving skills and ability to grasp new concepts are very essential.

Interest in science with strong mathematical and computing abilities.

    curriculum topics / field of study


  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Maths and statistics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Measurement and controls
  • Chemical process and plant design etc.,


  • algorithms
  • circuit design and signals
  • database system
  • digital signal processing
  • electronics
  • artificial intelligence
  • operating systems
  • programming
  • software engineering
  • networking etc.,

    core subject strength one should possess


Chemistry, Physics and Maths.



    Course & Eligibility


Diploma in Chemical Engineering
Eligibility – Pass in X with good marks in Science & Maths subjects

Bachelor’s Degree (B.Tech / B.E)
Eligibility – Pass in XII with Science / Diploma in Chemical Engineering


Diploma in Computer Engineering
Eligibility – Pass in X with good marks in Science.

Bachelor’s Degree (B.Tech / B.E)
Eligibility – Pass in XII with Science / Diploma in Computer Engineering

The entrance exams for various institutes are listed here (click)

Compare a Degree vs Diploma Programme here (click)

    career prospects – which is better, chemical or computer engineering ?


Research and development will never cease to exist and     chemical engineers work revolves around it, the demand for chemical     engineers, with time, would only increase.

With the development of new chemicals for manufacture of consumer goods like plastics, synthetic fibres etc., job opportunities for chemical engineers in these industries have increased manifold.

The new field of bioengineering are employing more and more chemical     engineers to understand and work on the critical chemical process in body.

You would have a diverse career opportunity and range of jobs from which you can choose.

Job prospects: High


With Computers being a part of everyday life, the demand for the same in every level of industry has increased multifold.

This rise in demand and competitiveness has created huge demand for computer     engineers to research and develop sophisticated, cost-effective computer systems.

Job Propsects: High

Comparatively, in terms of job-wise, though both are high on demand, the concentration of jobs varies, as chemical engineers are required mostly in plants, which are located majorly on the outskirts of the city limits, while computer engineers are mostly based and work in cities.

Further, on the work-wise front, a chemical engineer’s day is spent researching, analysing and testing chemicals and chemical combinations in the lab, while a computer engineer may spend most of her/his time coding and decoding computer systems, softwares etc., on their desk.

    specialisations available / related     fields one can choose for higher studies


Check out Wikipedia for detailed info on Chemical Engineering & specialisations under it – HERE


Check out Wikipedia for detailed info on Computer Engineering & specialisations under it – HERE


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