Biomedical Engineers

Industry Areas

  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers

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 the field through writing or consulting.

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Overall Kind of Work

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

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Work Environment


Biomedical engineers held about 22,100 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most biomedical engineers were as follows: Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing 23% Research and...

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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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  • 74.87% (40 Hours)
  • 25.13% (Over 50 Hours)

Type of Work

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

Data: High
People: Medium
Things: Low

Skills at a Glance

The levels of different skills helpful in this career.

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

Workplace at a Glance

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

Responsibility: Medium
Exposure to Job Hazards: Medium
Physical Activity: Low
Decision Making: Low
Repetitiveness: Low
Level of Competition: High
Time Pressure: Low

Business Breakdown

The different sectors people in this career currently work in.

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  • 74.55% (Private For-Profit)
  • 14.10% (Private Not For-Profit)
  • 4.21% (State and Local Govt)
  • 5.95% (Federal Government)
  • 1.19% (Self-Employed)

This data also pertains to Biomedical Engineers

Military Breakdown

The number of people who currently hold this career 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.

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