Biomedical Engineer

Career Overview

Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare.

Education

Biomedical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering or bioengineering, or in a related engineering field. Some positions may require a graduate degree.

Salary Expectations

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

Recommended Courses

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computer Programming
  • Physics
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
  • Drafting
Work Environment

Most biomedical engineers work in manufacturing, universities, hospitals, and research facilities of companies and educational and medical institutions. They usually work full time.

Future Outlook

Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increasing numbers of technologies and applications to medical equipment and devices, along with the medical needs of a growing aging population, will require the services of biomedical engineers.

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