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Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers - 17-2031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological, agricultural, 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 Technician
  • Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)
  • Biomedical Technician
  • Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Research Scientist

SOC Occupation Groups

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

Related Occupations


  • Adapt or design computer hardware or software for medical science uses.
  • Advise hospital administrators on the planning, acquisition, and use of medical equipment.
  • Advise manufacturing staff regarding problems with fermentation, filtration, or other bioproduction processes.
  • Analyze new medical procedures to forecast likely outcomes.
  • Collaborate with manufacturing or quality assurance staff to prepare product specification or safety sheets, standard operating procedures, user manuals, or qualification and validation reports.
  • Communicate with bioregulatory authorities regarding licensing or compliance responsibilities.
  • Communicate with suppliers regarding the design or specifications of bioproduction equipment, instrumentation, or materials.
  • 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.
  • Confer with research and biomanufacturing personnel to ensure the compatibility of design and production.
  • Consult with chemists or biologists to develop or evaluate novel technologies.
  • Design and deliver technology, such as prosthetic devices, to assist people with disabilities.
  • Design or conduct follow-up experimentation, based on generated data, to meet established process objectives.
  • Design or develop medical diagnostic or clinical instrumentation, equipment, or procedures, using the principles of engineering and biobehavioral sciences.
  • Design or direct bench or pilot production experiments to determine the scale of production methods that optimize product yield and minimize production costs.
  • Develop bioremediation processes to reduce pollution, protect the environment, or treat waste products.
  • Develop methodologies for transferring procedures or biological processes from laboratories to commercial-scale manufacturing production.
  • Develop models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes.
  • Develop statistical models or simulations, using statistical or modeling software.
  • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
  • Lead studies to examine or recommend changes in process sequences or operation protocols.
  • Maintain databases of experiment characteristics or results.
  • Manage teams of engineers by creating schedules, tracking inventory, creating or using budgets, or overseeing contract obligations or deadlines.
  • Prepare project plans for equipment or facility improvements, including time lines, budgetary estimates, or capital spending requests.
  • Prepare technical reports, data summary documents, or research articles for scientific publication, regulatory submissions, or patent applications.
  • Read current scientific or trade literature to stay abreast of scientific, industrial, or technological advances.
  • Recommend process formulas, instrumentation, or equipment specifications, based on results of bench or pilot experimentation.
  • Research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs.
  • Review existing manufacturing processes to identify opportunities for yield improvement or reduced process variation.
  • 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.
  • Communicate technical information to suppliers, contractors, or regulatory agencies.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods.
  • Design medical devices or appliances.
  • Develop operational methods or processes that use green materials or emphasize sustainability.
  • Develop software or computer applications.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Devise research or testing protocols.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Estimate time requirements for development or production projects.
  • Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Prepare procedural documents.
  • Prepare technical reports for internal use.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Research engineering aspects of biological or chemical processes.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Update technical knowledge.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Biochemist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biochemistry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer (Space Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Biomedical (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Health Physics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Health Physics (Space 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 Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Biomedical Equipment Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Biomedical Equipment Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Environmental Engineering Management Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Health Services Systems Management (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer