I work for a fast growing biofuels company right now. No, not ethanol. We make high grade/high octane gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel all from biomass. My title is Catalyst and Operations Technician.
The company is going to start operations on a pilot plant this year and the question has come up about what I would like to focus on. I excel at both catalyst production and systems operations. I've come to a tough decision. If you're wondering, I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, but am also very experienced with computer operations and have a strong mechanical apptitude.
If I were to go with catalyst production, I would get a lot of experience in the chemical industry and would stay in that field as a career with this company or another in the future. If I were to go with operations, I could look more into working with oil companies or even power plant operations.
Please let me know of any insight you may have with this sort of thing. Thanks.