What is a Biomedical Engineer?

by Kaitlyn Frost

What is a Biomedical Engineer?

A Biomedical Engineer is a scientist who applies engineering principles to the fields of biology and health care. They work with doctors, therapists, and researchers to develop systems, equipment and devices to solve clinical problems.

Interesting Fact

An interesting fact about biomedical engineers is that they design and build artificial organs such as kidneys and hearts, cardiac pacemakers and hearing aids.

What are the Qualifications?

The qualifications to become a biomedical engineer are:

  • Bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering
  • Laboratory-based classes like mechanics, computer programming, circuit design and biomaterials
  • Biological Science classes like physiology

Also, in high school students should take chemistry, physics and biology.


  • The pay for a person with a bachelor's degree is $35,000-$64,000
  • The pay for a person with a master's degree and five to ten years of experience is $51,000-$84,000
  • The pay for a person with more than fifteen years of experience is $82,000-$112,000

The median pay is about $87,000 annually and $41 hourly.

What jobs can a Biomedical Engineer do?

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Architectural and Engineering Manager
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Physicians