Job group: Production and process engineers

Production and process engineers advise on and direct technical aspects of production programmes to ensure cost-effectiveness and efficiency. This unit group incorporates: planning and quality control engineers who plan production schedules, work sequences, and manufacturing and processing procedures to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability; and chemical engineers who undertake research on commercial scale chemical processes and processed products, design and provide specifications and direct the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of chemical plants and control systems.

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  • what you want to do in your career
  • what industry you want to work in
  • how much you need to earn
  • where you want to work
  • qualifications and training you’ll need to do your job

The information on this page will give you the facts you need to help you make those decisions.

Source: LMI for all. Read more about our information sources.

This information is based on past employment trends. It may not reflect up-to-date information about the job market, particularly the impact of Covid-19. This information can help you make a career decision but should not be your only reason for making a career choice.

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Future job growth

This information tells you whether jobs in a sector are likely to go up or down in the future.

+5.1%Job growth

Top industries in this job group

Find out which sectors or industries are the biggest employers of the job you are interested in. This can help you look for vacancies in the right places.

Industries Employment
Architectural & related 6,602
Wholesale trade 6,240
Machinery, etc 4,701
Other trans. equipment 4,617
Coke & refining; Chemicals,etc 4,606
Motor vehicles, etc 4,326
Metal products 3,589
Food products 2,829
Services to buildings 2,146
Computers, etc 1,997

Employment by region

See which areas of the country have the most opportunities for the job you want to do. It can help you weigh up whether you're likely to get a job near home or if you could improve your chances by moving or travelling to another area.

Region Employment
East Midlands (England) 5,767
East of England 6,269
London 5,199
North East (England) 2,821
North West (England) 9,225
South East (England) 9,290
South West (England) 5,171
West Midlands (England) 7,045
Yorkshire and the Humber 4,476

Qualification level

Explore the typical qualification level held by people in this job group. This can help you to see what sorts of skills and training you might need.

Level 6

The majority of people employed in this role will hold a BA/BSc degree with honours, degree apprenticeship, graduate diploma or level 6 NVQ.

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