Career Details

Biomechanical Engineer

Career Overview

Biomechanical Engineering is involved with creating and producing a variety of products in everyday use, from environmentally safe plastics to various foods, fabrics and medicines. A combination of chemical and biological engineering, it's a fast-growing field with many new and exciting opportunities in genetic engineering and biotechnology.

Education

Upon entering college, students usually major in either chemical or biological engineering. Biomechanical Engineering is most often taken as a concentration within either major, allowing the student to hone his/her skills in this area while combining communication skills for future career advancement into management positions within engineering firms. As with many jobs in engineering, career advancement usually means earning a Master’s degree.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$51,890 /yr
$88,550 /yr
$144,350 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
Future Outlook

Much like biomedical engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts quick job growth for biomechanical engineers. Through 2020, job growth should be near 60%, meaning there will be plenty of opportunities available for those interested in this field. As technology continues to develop, so will the need for engineers that can best figure out how to use it to make the world a better place to live.

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Work Environment

Biomechanical engineers can work in a variety of fields, including medical, sports and rehabilitation. Those working in the medical field specialize in working with cells and tissues, studying their mechanics and mechanobiology. These engineers spend much time in labs trying to fabricate human tissue, hoping to ultimately eliminate many diseases.

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References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook