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25 Careers in Biomedical Sciences

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Last Updated June 29, 2021

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What are the biomedical sciences?Popular careers in the biomedical sciences

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Biomedical science careers

There are many careers to be found in biomedicine. Biomedical science is a wide area of study with careers that vary from a sales representative for a pharmaceutical company to a toxicologist helping investigate a crime. Let's review what the biomedical sciences are and then go through a list of 25 potential job opportunities that this area of study can lead to. 

What are the biomedical sciences?

What are the biomedical sciences?

The biomedical sciences are a combination of disciplines that are used to develop treatments, technology, and inventions that will benefit public health. Some disciplines covered in the biomedical sciences include virology, epidemiology, genetics, and microbiology. Biomedical science is the foundation of knowledge for anyone who wants to work in a healthcare profession. People who have a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science can decide to further their studies and become a doctor, dentist, or surgeon. However, just having a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science opens the door to a large number of medical careers. Having a degree in biomedical science can lead to a career in public health, research, crime investigation, sales, education, and much more.

Popular careers in the biomedical sciences

Here are 25 jobs you can achieve with a biomedical science degree:

Analytical Chemist

Average base pay: $51,280 An Analytical Chemist researches the chemical compounds of a substance. They use a variety of techniques and instruments to analyze what makes up a certain substance. Their job will vary depending on what industry they work in. They may work in a company that develops new beauty products or work in the quality control of a food company.

Biotechnologist

Average base pay: $69,035 A Biotechnologist uses their knowledge regarding the chemical, physical, and genetic qualities of cells and other organisms to create new technologies. They manipulate organisms to create and enhance vaccines, food productivity, energy, and medicines. They may work for the government, hospitals, educational institutions, or commercial companies.

Biomedical Lab Technician

Average base pay: $34,470 Biomedical Lab Technicians usually work in a wet-lab, researching and helping synthesize new compounds that can be later used for new drugs. A wet-lab is a very literal place where biological matter is analyzed and tested by using various liquids. Biomedical Lab Technicians get to be at the forefront of new drug discoveries.

Biomedical Researcher

Average base pay: $65,779 Biomedical Researchers work in labs, universities, and hospitals researching new disease treatment plans and overall ways to improve human health. Some major research areas they can be involved in include neuroscience, cancer biology, regenerative medicine, and reproductive biology. Biomedical Researchers find an area they are passionate about and get to work on novel ways to improve people’s lives.

Biomedical Scientist

Average base pay: $65,779 Similar to a Biomedical Researcher, a Biomedical Scientist is focused on finding fresh ways to treat and cure diseases. A Biomedical Scientist test outs the research by the Biomedical Researcher, carrying out practical tests in the laboratory. Biomedical Scientists usually specialize in one of these areas — infectious diseases, blood science, the science of cells, or molecular pathology.

Clinical scientist

Average base pay: $60,353 Clinical Scientists work on clinical trials for new medications. This work is highly specialized, private, and by-the-book, so Clinical Scientists must follow protocols and possess high ethical standards. They must not compromise or contaminate their findings. They must present their findings to researchers and clinicians about the safety and efficacy of the product.

Dental Researcher

Average base pay: $54,411 A Dental Researcher investigates new areas in the dental sciences, such as the role of genetics in oral health and even oral tissue regeneration. They also research and promote studies on preventative dental health treatments. Dental Researchers analyze current dental practices such as teeth extractions and look for alternative ways to improve and minimize the effect of these treatments on the patient.

Environmental Engineer

Average base pay: Environment Engineers research and create solutions to life’s environmental problems, including waste disposal, water pollution, and recycling. Environmental Engineers must have a deep understanding of biological processes and how they are affected by man-made materials.

Forensic Science Technician

Average base pay: $68,566 Forensic Science Technicians help with crime scene investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. By analyzing physical evidence from the crime scene and studying the information given to them by investigators, they can help recreate what happened at a crime scene and determine the guilty party.

Genetic Counselor

Average base pay: $38,216 Genetic Counselors interpret and explain the genetics of a patient, family, or community. They then explain to the patients what this genetic makeup means for their lives. They work closely with patients to explain how to live and adjust to a given genetic condition.

Health Policy Analyst

Average base pay: $62,118 Having a biomedical degree means you have a great understanding about the complexities of human health. When creating health policy for local, state, and national levels, you use your knowledge of immunology, pathology, and biology learned in the biomedical sciences.

Healthcare Scientist

Average base pay: $71,280 A Healthcare Scientist is someone who works in a health-related discipline for a hospital or in academia. Some areas in which a healthcare scientist might work include cardiac science, audiology, or neurophysiology. They work in clinical labs to improve the overall health of patients in their area of specialty.

Medicinal Chemist

Average base pay: $51,280 Using chemistry techniques, Medicinal Chemists work to create new pharmaceuticals and improve on existing ones. They analyze the results on a molecular level and see how the chemistry of a compound can be improved.

Medical Sales Representative

Average base pay: $62,789 A Medical Sales Representatives sells medicine and medical equipment to hospitals and doctors. They must have extensive biomedical knowledge of the products they are selling and explain why their products can improve the lives of patients.

Medical Science Liaison

Average base pay: $93,468 Medical Science Liaisons focus on a therapeutic area such as cardiology or infectious diseases and give advice about treatments. They are experts in their field and advise pharmaceutical and medical device companies about a specific type of disease and how they should best treat it.

Medical Writer

Average base pay: $72,657 A Medical Writer writes about developments in medicine for medical journals, health care websites, and promotional literature. They must be able to explain the complexities of the medication and how it affects the human body. They write scientifically and must be certified by the American Medical Writer’s Association.

Microbiologist

Average base pay: $43,860 Microbiologists study how microorganisms affect humans. Microorganisms include viruses, algae, bacteria, and parasites. Microbiologists learn about the life cycles and environment of these microorganisms and see how they react with humans.

Nanotechnologist

Average base pay: $47,943 Nanotechnologists manipulate living things on the nanoscale. They seek to learn how to change biological processes on the molecular level. A Nanotechnologist must have expertise in biology and physics, chemistry, and engineering.

Neuroscientist

Average base pay: $168,457 A Neuroscientist researches and conducts experiments involving the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system. They research different areas of the brain and learn more about cognitive functions. They also do research on neurological disorders.

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

Average base pay: $64,037 Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives not only sell medicine to doctors and hospitals, but they also inform their clients about the biological components of the product. They must be able to explain how a certain medicine affects the body.

Physician Assistant

Average base pay: $110,000 A Physician Assistant is a medical professional that can diagnose illnesses in patients and work with doctors to develop a treatment plan. They cannot prescribe medication or recommend surgery on their own, but they can help doctors decide if these things are right for the patient.

Principal Investigator

Average base pay: $69,679 A Principal Investigator leads a team in a laboratory. They set the parameters of an experiment and then oversee the group of scientists who are performing the experiment. They must be able to answer questions people may have about the experiment and explain the findings. They must also report their findings to grant organizations to help further fund the lab where they work.

Science Writer

Average base pay: $72,657 A Science Writer reports on the various findings in the biomedical field. Working for various media outlets, Science Writers analyze complex experiments and explain in simple terms what they mean for human development.

Research Scientist

Average base pay: $77,173 A Research Scientist plans and conducts experiments in order to gain new data. They then analyze and interpret this data and present it to research staff. A Research Scientist with a biomedical degree will specialize in topics such as stem cells or pharmacology.

Zoologist

Average base pay: $14 per hour Zoologists study animal biology and how animals interact with their ecosystem. Much like Biomedical Scientists, they also study diseases in the animal kingdoms and work in labs to research potential cures. They also find connections between these animal-born diseases and the human world. Biomed careers abound. Which one fits your personality best?

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