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658 Associates's Degrees Annually
50 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#62 in Popularity (Associate's)
$52,710 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Biomedical Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many biomedical technology graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 583
Basic Certificate 357
Undergraduate Certificate 171
Bachelor’s Degree 34

What Biomedical Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to biomedical engineering tech and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Biomedical Engineering Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in biomedical engineering tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Biomedical Engineering Tech Majors

A major in biomedical engineering tech prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Abilities for Biomedical Engineering Tech Majors

Biomedical Engineering Tech majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Biomedical Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with biomedical engineering tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electronics Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Medical Equipment Repairers 4.2% $49,210

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Biomedical Technology?

583 Associate's Degrees Annually
29% Percent Women
52% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 71% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of biomedical engineering tech majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 63
Black or African American 50
Hispanic or Latino 167
White 245
International Students 10
Other Races/Ethnicities 48

Geographic Diversity

Biomedical Engineering Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 1.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Biomedical Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $52,710 to $65,720 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to biomedical engineering tech. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with biomedical engineering tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for biomedical engineering tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 5.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 16.3%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 20.4%
Some College Courses 2.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 40.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 15.6%

Online Biomedical Technology Programs

In 2019-2020, 111 schools offered a biomedical engineering tech program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 22 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 88 2
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 2 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Biomedical Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a biomedical engineering tech grad is $52,710 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 32% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $256,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to biomedical engineering tech.

Major Number of Grads
Instrumentation Technology 2,845
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 2,689
Other Electromechanical & Instrumentation & Maintenance Technologies/Technicians 2,032
Automation Engineer Technology 933
Robotics Technology 550
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering Technology 231

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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