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Biomedical Engineers in California

May also be called: Biochemical Engineers; Bioengineers; Clinical Engineers; Medical Engineers

What Would I Do?

Biomedical Engineers develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices. Many conduct research together with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, to develop and evaluate systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses (artificial devices that replace missing body parts), instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

Biomedical Engineers typically work in a climate-controlled office with comfortable surroundings and excellent computer and other equipment. However, these Engineers can be found on the factory floor, observing problems and coming up with solutions as the work requires.

Most Biomedical Engineers work a standard 40-hour week. Sometimes, pressing deadlines will require them to work after hours, on weekends, or on holidays.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Biomedical Engineer will appeal to those who enjoy working on hands-on projects. They often work with tools and machinery.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

Wages for Biomedical Engineers are typically very high and offer above-average earning potential even to those just out of college.

The median wage in 2020 for Biomedical Engineers in California is $104,331 annually, or $50.15 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Most Biomedical Engineers receive excellent benefits. These generally include medical insurance, vacation leave, sick leave, dental insurance, and a retirement plan. Other benefits may include vision and life insurance.

What is the Job Outlook?

Biomedical Engineers will find a good job market over the next few years as the expected growth in the occupation will remain at greater-than-average levels through the forecast period.

How Do I Qualify?

A bachelor's degree in engineering is the basic requirement to work as a Biomedical Engineer, generally with a concentration in biomedical engineering or a related field. Coursework tends to be heavy in mathematics and physics. Advanced computer skills are also vital to the Engineer's education.

Finding a Job

Contacting employers directly is an effective way to find a job in this field. Other choices include using a college job placement office, attending a job fair, and/or belonging to an engineering organization, especially one that provides services and attention to students. Newspaper advertisements and the Internet provide additional job listings. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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