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% earned less than $51,890, and the highest 10% 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).