Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, genetic testing, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Design and develop medical diagnostic and clinical instruments, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and biobehavioral sciences.
  • Design and deliver technology to assist people with disabilities.
  • Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems.
  • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
  • Develop models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes.
  • Research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs.

Recommended Credentials

Bachelor's Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Elsewhere in Michigan


Biomedical Engineering, BS
— University of Michigan
Biomedical Engineering, BS
— Michigan Tech University (MTU)

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Watch local Engineering and Biomedical Engineering STEM Careers episodes

Join robotics teams, science fairs, academic and socially responsible leadership.

Volunteer in areas of interest (ex. hospital, manufacturing, IT work, environmental field + lab work)

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Ask your high school counselor about AP science and math classes (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Calculus)

Tour the Engineering Academy at the Career Tech Center

Apply for the Sci-Ma-Tech program at Traverse City West or TC Central High Schools

Pathway 2

Attend a 2-year program at a community college to fulfill your general degree requirements like NMC's Engineering program.

Build an Engineering Technology program around your interests.

Apply for a local apprenticeship!

Pathway 3

Transfer to a 4-year university to finish your degree.

Biomedical Engineering, BS
— University of Michigan
Biomedical Engineering, BS
— Michigan Tech University 


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Engineer
  • Biomedical Manager
  • Product Development Director
  • Research Engineer

Hear It From The Pros

10-Year Job Growth Projections

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Other Regional Career Resources

Biomedical Engineering Society

Learn more about Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers at O*NET Online.

Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Biomedical Engineer

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Real World Career Pathways

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