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Bioengineering

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 Area of Specialization
  • Bioengineer
  • Biomedical Engineer & Specialties:
    • Bioinstrumentation
    • Biomaterials
    • Biomechanics
    • Cellular, Tissue and Genetic Engineering
    • Clinical Engineering
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Medical Imaging
  • Orthopedic Surgery or Bioengineering
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Systems Physiology

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 save lives.


Places of Employment
  • Biotechnology Companies
  • Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Firms
  • Medical Device Companies
  • Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Food Industry
  • NASA and Other Aerospace Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Consulting Firms
  • Public and Private Research Institutions (e.g. NIH)
  • Universities And Colleges
  • Local/State/Federal Governmental Agencies

Training

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 level.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.


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