Every time there's a new discovery in engineering or biology, your career choices
as a Bioengineering major get broader. Bioengineering applies traditional concepts
of both engineering and medicine. Currently, you have career options in biotechnology
biomedical engineering and medicine. The number of biomedical engineering jobs alone
is expected to increase by 27% by 2022, which is faster than average for growth of
all other occupations.
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
|Biomedical Engineer & Specialties:
||Orthopedic Surgery or Bioengineering
|- Cellular, Tissue and Genetic Engineering
|- Clinical Engineering
Nature of the Work
Bioengineers make a wide variety of medical products, such as antibiotics, insulin
and other hormones, vitamins, detergent enzymes, and vaccines.
Biomedical engineers typically work with health care professionals to develop products
that can be used to make us healthier, improve our quality of life and potentially
Places of Employment
|Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Firms
|Medical Device Companies
||Public and Private Research Institutions,
|| as The National Institutes of Health
||Universities And Colleges
|NASA and Other Aerospace Facilities
||Local/State/Federal Governmental Agencies
As a Bioengineering major, you will have the skills and knowledge necessary to go
on to medical school. If you don't want to practice medicine, you might consider joining
a biomedical device company. They are prime employers in California but a master's
or Ph.D. may be required. You would be expected to have expertise in environmental
regulations. And, it would be helpful for you to have GIS, GPS and computer hardware
and modeling software skills.
A Ph.D. is usually required if you want to teach and perform research at the university
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.
The following documents and websites may provide further ideas for exploration.