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Biomedical Engineering

Career data updated last on 10/8/2014
Biomedical Engineering By combining biology and medicine with engineering, biomedical engineers develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems. Many do research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, to develop and evaluate systems and products for use in the fields of biology and health, such as artificial organs, prostheses (artificial devices that replace missing body parts), instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.
Salary $42.25/hr - $87,880 annually
Significant Points This career is expected to have 21 percent employment growth over the projections decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. A graduate degree is recommended or required for many entry-level jobs, unlike many other engineering specialties.
Specializations Some specialties within biomedical engineering include:
  • biomaterials
  • biomechanics
  • medical imaging
  • rehabilitation engineering
  • orthopedic engineering
Work Environment Manufacturing industries employed 38 percent of all biomedical engineers, primarily in the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing and medical instruments and supplies industries. Many others worked for hospitals. Some also worked for government agencies or as independent consultants.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including biology and chemistry, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language.
Academic Requirements The recommended requirement is a four-year baccalaureate degree from an engineering or physical science program with a concentration in biology, anatomy or behavioral sciences. However, most careers require a master's or doctoral degree; some biomedical engineers are physicians with specialty training. Some schools offer certificates for those who already hold a bachelor's degree. This assists in a career change in this area or preparation for graduate work.


Colorado State University
Bachelor Degree Bachelor's
Doctoral Degree Doctoral
Masters Degree Master's    On-line program available On-line program available
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Masters Degree Master's
University of Colorado-Denver
Masters Degree Master's

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