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Biomedical Engineers - 17-2031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Biomedical Electronics Technician
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineering Director
  • Biomedical Engineering Technician
  • Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)
  • Biomedical Manager
  • Biomedical Technician
  • Engineer
  • Product Development Director
  • Research Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2030 Biomedical Engineers
17-2031.00 Biomedical Engineers

Related Occupations


  • Adapt or design computer hardware or software for medical science uses.
  • Advise and assist in the application of instrumentation in clinical environments.
  • Advise hospital administrators on the planning, acquisition, and use of medical equipment.
  • Analyze new medical procedures to forecast likely outcomes.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance on equipment.
  • Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals.
  • Conduct training or in-services to educate clinicians and other personnel on proper use of equipment.
  • Design and deliver technology to assist people with disabilities.
  • Design and develop medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and biobehavioral sciences.
  • Develop models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes.
  • Develop new applications for energy sources, such as using nuclear power for biomedical implants.
  • Diagnose and interpret bioelectric data, using signal processing techniques.
  • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
  • Install, adjust, maintain, repair, or provide technical support for biomedical equipment.
  • Keep documentation of service histories on all biomedical equipment.
  • Manage teams of engineers by creating schedules, tracking inventory, creating and using budgets, and overseeing contract obligations and deadlines.
  • Research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs.
  • Teach biomedical engineering or disseminate knowledge about the field through writing or consulting.
  • Write documents describing protocols, policies, standards for use, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise customers on the use of products or services.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods.
  • Design alternative energy systems.
  • Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation.
  • Develop software or computer applications.
  • Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems.
  • Install instrumentation or electronic equipment or systems.
  • Interpret design or operational test results.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Prepare procedural documents.
  • Research engineering aspects of biological or chemical processes.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Bioenvironmental Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Biomedical (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Health Physics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Equipment (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Biomedical Equipment Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Biomedical Equipment Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Biomedical Equipment Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Biomedical Equipment Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Biomedical Equipment Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Biomedical Equipment Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Biomedical Engineer