What Are Some Popular Concentrations for a Biomedical Degree?

Most jobs in the biomedical field require a master's degree or a doctorate, but some positions are available to graduates who have only a bachelor's degree. Many schools offer different areas of concentration for students interested in pursuing a biomedical degree. Read on for some popular concentrations for a biomedical degree. Schools offering Biology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Biomedical Options Overview

Students can choose among many concentrations when working towards a biomedical degree. Each concentration provides specialized training while building on the same biomedical science foundation. Some of the most popular areas of specialization are biomedical engineering, biomedical technology and biomedical research. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts average job growth for biomedical technology and biomedical research fields between 2014 and 2024, while biomedical engineers will see much faster job growth during that decade (www.bls.gov).

Biomedical Engineering Biomedical TechnologyBiomedical Research
Degrees/Certificate Levels Bachelor's, master's, or doctorate Certificate, associate's, bachelor's; master's programs are rare Master's, doctorate; bachelor's programs are rare
Common Courses Signals and systems, solid biomechanics, cell mechanics, medical imaging Intro to lab systems, clinical equipment, biology, bioinformatics Cell biology, biochemistry, biostatistics, research design
Online Availability Online degrees available at the graduate level Online programs are available but uncommon Online programs are not available
Possible Careers Software engineer, hardware engineer, clinical patient evaluation, equipment sales, design and development Biomedical electronics technician, process technician, clinical research associate, scientist health care administrator, biomedical researcher

Biomedical Engineering

Students of biomedical engineering study the ways that engineering principles are used to research medical and biological topics. Most biomedical engineering jobs require a master's degree or doctorate, but people with bachelor's degrees can qualify for some positions. After graduating, biomedical engineers can find jobs where they design new medical devices, create prosthetic limbs or grow synthetic tissue.

Biomedical Technology

Many colleges offer biomedical technology as a degree concentration. In such programs, students learn how to use technology to diagnose and treat disease. Biomedical technology is one of the few branches of biomedical science where job candidates aren't required to have a master's degree or doctorate to find work. Many biomedical technicians work in informatics, using medical technology to gather and analyze data about the body's physiological functions. Pharmaceutical companies often employ biomedical technicians to manufacture medicines.

Biomedical Research

Biomedical researchers study how different chemicals and substances affect the body. They usually begin a studying a chemical by developing a hypothesis of its effects on the body and then they often test the hypothesis on an animal. Once the chemical has been proven safe, it is tested on willing human subjects and then possibly developed and marketed as a new medication.

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