Overview

Biomedical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from an accredited program to enter the occupation. Alternatively, they can get a bachelor’s degree in a different field of engineering and then either get a graduate degree in biomedical engineering or get on-the-job training in biomedical engineering.

Prospective biomedical engineering students should take high school science courses, such as chemistry, physics, and biology. They should also take mathematics, including calculus. Courses in drafting or mechanical drawing and computer programming are also useful.
Bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical engineering focus on engineering and biological sciences. Programs include laboratory-based courses in addition to classes in subjects such as fluid and solid mechanics, computer programming, circuit design, and biomaterials. Other required courses include in-depth training in biological sciences, including physiology.

Biomedical engineers must be able to analyze the needs of patients and customers to design appropriate solutions. Because biomedical engineers sometimes work with patients and frequently work with other professionals, such as medical scientists or other engineers, they must be able to express themselves clearly. Biomedical engineers often work in teams and gather input from patients, therapists, physicians, and business professionals. They must seek others’ ideas and incorporate them into the problem-solving process. Biomedical engineers use the principles of calculus and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Some biomedical engineers attend dental or medical school to specialize in applications at the front lines of patient care, such as using electric impulses in new ways to get muscles moving again. Some earn law degrees and work as patent attorneys.

What are Biomedical Engineers like?

Investigative

Based on our pool of users, biomedical engineers tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Biomedical Engineers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 330 Sokanu users

Are Biomedical Engineers happy?

58%Happy

Biomedical engineers rank as moderately happy among careers. Overall they rank in the 58th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Biomedical Engineer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Biomedical Engineers

The most common degree held by biomedical engineers is Biomedical Engineering. 15% of biomedical engineers had a degree in biomedical engineering before becoming biomedical engineers. That is over 41 times the average across all careers. Mechanical Engineering graduates are the second most common among biomedical engineers, representing 3% of biomedical engineers in the Sokanu user base, which is 1.7 times the average.

Biomedical Engineer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Biomedical Engineer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of biomedical engineers % of population Multiple
Biomedical Engineering 14.5% 0.4% 40.5×
Mechanical Engineering 2.7% 1.6% 1.7×
Business Management And Administration 2.4% 6.4% 0.4×
Computer Engineering 2.1% 0.6% 3.7×
Biology 1.8% 3.5% 0.5×
Biological Engineering 1.2% 0.1% 17.7×
Electrical Engineering 1.2% 0.8% 1.5×
Physics 1.2% 1.0% 1.2×

Biomedical Engineer Education Levels

57% of biomedical engineers have a bachelor's degree. 30% of biomedical engineers have a master's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 0%
Bachelor's degree 57%
Master's degree 30%
Doctorate degree 7%

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Further Reading

  • How To Become A Biomedical Engineer www.bls.gov

    Biomedical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from an accredited program to enter the occupation. Alternatively, they can get a bachelor’s degree in a different field of engineering and then either get a graduate degree in biomedical engineering or get on-the-job training in biomedical engineering.

  • What Courses Do I Need To Take To Become A Biomedical Engineer? work.chron.com

    Biomedical engineers must have at least bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering for entry-level positions in the field. Some engineers obtain bachelor’s degrees in other engineering disciplines and study biomedical engineering at the graduate level.

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