BE – Biomedical Option
Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
Bioengineering is designed to bridge the gap between the life sciences and physical sciences by applying engineering concepts, methods and techniques to biology and medicine. An understanding of fundamental physiological processes using engineering methodology requires a broad background in basic engineering, sciences and mathematics. Biomedical engineers may design instruments, devices and software; bring together knowledge from many technical sources to develop new procedures; or conduct research needed to solve clinical problems. In industry, they may create products that require an in-depth understanding of living systems and technology. They frequently work in research and development or in quality assurance.
Career Potential in Bioengineering:
The median annual wage for biomedical engineers was $88,550 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $51,890, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $144,350.
In May 2018, the median annual wages for biomedical engineers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
|Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing||$101,960|
|Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences||93,250|
|Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing||83,450|
Biomedical engineers usually work full time on a normal schedule. However, as with employees in almost any engineering occupation, biomedical engineers occasionally may have to work additional hours to meet the needs of patients, managers, colleagues, and clients. Some biomedical engineers work more than 40 hours per week.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Biomedical Engineers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/biomedical-engineers.htm (visited November 21, 2019).