Biomedical Engineers

Industry Areas

  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)

Day-to-Day Tasks

  • Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals.
  • Design and develop medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and biobehavioral sciences.
  • Teach biomedical engineering or disseminate knowledge about field through writing or consulting.

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Overall Kind of Work

Biomedical engineers analyze and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine, with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care.DutiesBiomedical engineers typically ...

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Work Environment


Biomedical engineers held about 19,400 jobs in 2012. Biomedical engineers work in a variety of settings, depending on what they do. Some work in hospitals where therapy occurs and others work in la...

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Environmental health and safety officers normally work in offices or research laboratories. They work outdoors while conducting environmental studies and surveys or inspecting facilities.

Workweek Breakdown

The hours worked per week by people currently pursuing this career.

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  • 72.09% (40 Hours)
  • 27.91% (Over 50 Hours)

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Type of Work

The level of day-to-day involvement with data, people or things.

Data: 3
People: 2
Things: 1

Skills at a Glance

The levels of different skills helpful in this career.

Verbal skills: 3
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: 3
Equipment Operation & Maintenance: 3
Math & Science Skills: 3
Technology Design & Control: 3
Leadership: 2

Workplace at a Glance

The level of different environmental factors you would experience on the job.

Responsibility: 2
Exposure to Job Hazards: 2
Physical Activity: 1
Decision Making: 1
Repetitiveness: 1
Level of Competition: 3
Time Pressure: 1

Business Breakdown

The different sectors people in this career currently work in.

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  • 71.99% (Private For-Profit)
  • 9.31% (Private Not For-Profit)
  • 8.57% (State and Local Govt)
  • 3.99% (Federal Government)
  • 6.14% (Self-Employed)

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Military Breakdown

The number of people who currently hold this career in the Military.

26 Biomedical Engineers in the military

Data supplied by Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center of Education Statistics, Defense Manpower Data Center. (View our update schedule). Contact any business, college or military service branch to answer additional questions.