Biomedical Engineers
SOC: 17-2031.00

Description:

Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
22,100 employed

Projected (2024):
27,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Bio-Mechanical Engineer
  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Biomaterials Engineer
  • Biomechanical Engineer
  • Biomedical Analytical Scientist
  • Biomedical Electronics Technician
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineering Director
  • Biomedical Engineering Supervisor
  • Biomedical Engineering Technician
  • Biomedical Engineering Technologist
  • Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)
  • Biomedical Field Service Engineer
  • Biomedical Imaging Center Director
  • Biomedical Manager
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Biomedical Service Engineer
  • Biomedical Technician
  • Bioprocess Engineer
  • Certified Orthotist
  • Certified Prosthetist
  • Clinical Engineer
  • Clinical Engineering Director
  • Dialysis Engineer
  • Field Clinical Engineer
  • Genetic Engineer
  • Imaging Engineer
  • Medical Engineer
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Orthopedic Designer
  • Principal Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Professor
  • Project Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
  • Advise hospital administrators on the planning, acquisition, and use of medical equipment.
  • Advise and assist in the application of instrumentation in clinical environments.
  • Research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs.
  • Develop models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes.
  • Design and develop medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and biobehavioral sciences.
  • Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals.
  • Teach biomedical engineering or disseminate knowledge about the field through writing or consulting.
  • Design and deliver technology to assist people with disabilities.
  • Diagnose and interpret bioelectric data, using signal processing techniques.
  • Adapt or design computer hardware or software for medical science uses.
  • Analyze new medical procedures to forecast likely outcomes.
  • Develop new applications for energy sources, such as using nuclear power for biomedical implants.
  • Install, adjust, maintain, repair, or provide technical support for biomedical equipment.
  • Keep documentation of service histories on all biomedical equipment.
  • Conduct training or in-services to educate clinicians and other personnel on proper use of equipment.
  • Write documents describing protocols, policies, standards for use, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment.
  • Manage teams of engineers by creating schedules, tracking inventory, creating and using budgets, and overseeing contract obligations and deadlines.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance on equipment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 3T scanners
  • Accelerometers
  • Acoustic measurement systems
  • Acousto-optic modulators
  • Activity monitoring devices
  • Anthropometers
  • Arbitrary waveform generators
  • Axial-torsional testing systems
  • Bacteria-based biosensors
  • Basic stamp microcontrollers
  • Bio-sensors
  • Bio-signal amplifiers
  • Bio-signal simulators
  • Biomagnetic imaging scanners
  • Biomedical device electrical safety testers
  • Biomimetic robots
  • Bioreactors
  • Biosafety cabinets
  • Cardiovascular prosthetic device testers
  • Centrifuges
  • Circuit analyzers
  • Cone-plate viscometers
  • Defibrillator testing devices
  • Deflectors
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital sonomicrometers
  • Dissolved oxygen polarographic measurement devices
  • Dynamometers
  • Electrical particle detectors
  • Electrode bevelers
  • Electrode pullers
  • Electroencephalography EEG equipment
  • Electromyographs EMG
  • Electroplating apparatus
  • Electrosurgery testing devices
  • Endovascular stent-graft testing instruments
  • Environmental conditions measurement devices
  • Eye tracking devices
  • Finger joint flexure testers
  • Flow control devices
  • Fluorescence microscopes
  • Footswitch sensors
  • Force platforms
  • Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers
  • Frequency shifters
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging fMRI scanners
  • Gas flow control systems
  • Glass micromolds
  • Grass stimulators
  • Grip dynamometers
  • Hardness testing devices
  • High-speed digital cameras
  • Immuno-sensors
  • Impact testers
  • Incubator performance analyzers
  • Incubators
  • Insole sensors
  • Intravenous IV pump analyzers
  • Isolators
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser ablation machines
  • Load sensors
  • Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems
  • Maskless photolithography equipment
  • Material fatigue and dynamics characterization devices
  • Material tension/compression testing devices
  • Medical radiation dosimeters
  • Microcontrollers
  • Microelectrodes
  • Microfluidic networks
  • Micromanipulation microrheology microscopes
  • Micromolding lithography equipment
  • Microplate readers
  • Microplate washers
  • Microplating equipment
  • Micropumps
  • Microvalves
  • Milling machines
  • Molecular cytosensors
  • Molecular vacuum pumps
  • Motion actuators
  • Multi-axis kinematic knee simulators
  • Multi-photon microscopes
  • Multimeters
  • Non-invasive blood pressure monitor analyzers
  • Optical coherence tomography OCT scanners
  • Optical particle detectors
  • Optical tomographic imaging scanners
  • Optical traps
  • Opto-electronic electrogoniometers
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Pacemaker analyzers
  • Pacemaker testing devices
  • Patient monitoring testing devices
  • Physical conditioning treadmill exercisers
  • Piezoelectric ceramic transducers
  • Piezoelectric sensors
  • Pinch gauges
  • Plasma excitation chambers
  • Plastic injection molding machines
  • Polygraph recorders
  • Polymer matrices
  • Polymer scaffolds
  • Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment
  • Positron emission tomography PET scanners
  • Posturographic measurement systems
  • Pressure and temperature measurement devices
  • Pressure sensors
  • Pressure transducers
  • Prosthetic limb testers
  • Pulsating bubble surfactometers PBS
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Quantum-based switching applications Q-switch electron waveguides
  • Radiation compliance testing devices
  • Radio frequency amplifiers
  • Rapid toxicity testing systems
  • Scanning probe microscopes SPM
  • Servopneumatic actuators
  • Servopneumatic axial test instruments
  • Single photon emission computed tomography SPECT scanners
  • Skinfold calipers
  • Soft materials in-vitro simulation system
  • Spectrofluorimeters
  • Spinal disk implant wear testers
  • Spine simulators
  • Spirometers
  • Sterilization-in-place equipment
  • Strain gauge conditioners
  • Strain gauges
  • Sublimation printers
  • Superconducting quantum interference devices SQUID
  • Torsiometers
  • Two-point discriminators
  • Ultra high speed magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanner machines
  • Ultrasonic testing apparatus
  • Ultrasound imaging scanners
  • Ultrasound indention probes
  • Ultrasound transducers
  • Ultrasound wattmeters
  • Ventilator performance analyzers
  • X ray lithography equipment
  • X ray machines
  • Advanced computer simulation language ACSL
  • ANSYS software
  • BetaPLUS software
  • Biomechanical modeling software
  • C
  • C++
  • Cadence Allegro Design Entry software
  • Cadence Encounter Test
  • Calculating optimum maintenance parameters COMPARE software
  • Calibration software
  • Charting software
  • Circuit simulation software
  • Common cause failure assessment software
  • Computational fluid dynamics CFD software
  • Computational modeling software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Criticality analysis software
  • Defect tracking software
  • Diagramming software
  • Dyadem FMEA Pro-6
  • Electromechanical testing analysis software
  • Electromyograph analysis software
  • Electronic design automation EDA software
  • Embedded systems testing software
  • Equipment compliance testing software
  • ERP software
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA software
  • Failure rate data in perspective FARADIP software
  • Failure rate database software
  • Fault modeling software
  • Fault tree analysis FTA software
  • Finite element method FEM software
  • Force platform software
  • Force sensitive applications FSA software
  • Fourier transform infrared FTIR software
  • Functional modeling software
  • Gait analysis software
  • Hardware description language HDL
  • Hierarchical simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis HSPICE
  • Human modeling software
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • IBM Rational ClearCase
  • IBM Rational ClearQuest
  • IBM Rational RequisitePro
  • Image analysis software
  • Instrument control software
  • Instrument validation software
  • JavaScript
  • Laboratory information management system LIMS software
  • Materials testing software
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • Mean time between failures MBTF software
  • Medical imaging software
  • Medical information software
  • Mento Graphics software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • Molecular simulation software
  • Motion analysis software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Neural network modeling software
  • Numerical analysis software
  • Oracle software
  • OrCAD Capture
  • Preventive maintenance software
  • Project estimation software
  • PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire
  • R
  • Rapid application development RAD software
  • Rapid prototyping software
  • Reliability centered maintenance RCM software
  • Requirements management software
  • Root cause analysis software
  • SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports
  • Schematic design entry software
  • Simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis SPICE
  • SNOINO RCM Pro
  • SNOINO Ttree
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • Stochastic modeling software
  • Stratasys FDM MedModeler
  • System testing software
  • Systems analysis programs for hands on integrated reliability evaluation software SAPHIRE
  • Test automation software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Three-dimensional motion capture software
  • Unified modeling language UML
  • Verilog
  • ViewLogic software
  • Virtual instrument software
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica
  • Zuken software


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980