Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Friday, May 1, 2015
This is a tough question, and admittedly, not my area of expertise. However, I would probably recommend carefully examining the career options associated with each pathway. Ask yourself:
What kind of role/job title/environment am I most drawn to?
Where do I excel, academically?
Have I consulted with my professors about this topic?
Have I consulted with my school’s academic counseling center on career projections?
Who are my target prospective employers? What kinds of jobs are currently open, and what are their requirements?
What kinds of postings have I seen on the job boards, and what are their requirements?
Have I established a strong online network, to leverage for suggestions?
If you haven’t done so already, I would invest heavily in your LinkedIn network. I’d join groups related to Chemical Engineering with large populations, and start connecting with their experienced members. Also connect with people who pursued a combination of Chemical Engineering and Computer Science.
Identify successful people working in the exact positions you gravitate towards, and seek their professional advice! Take a close look at their educational backgrounds, and watch for any trends. If you find someone who is eager to share expertise with you, be respectful of their time, and show gratitude.