Careers in Biomedical Sciences
Can you imagine yourself as a veterinarian, physician, dentist, pharmacist, academic dean, government scientist, or grants administrator? Recent advances in biomedical sciences are transforming clinical and research industries. A degree in Biomedical Sciences prepares you for a spectrum of career options, enabling you to:
- Perform research and aid discovery in medicine and pharmaceuticals, microbiology, and biotechnology
- Serve the public as a forensic biologist or in the arena of public health
- Become a science and health writer, creating industry materials or informing the public
- Pursue a law degree with a scientific foundation to handle biological/medical patent laws, ethically sensitive, complex cases or advise lawmakers at all levels of government
Employment for medical scientists will increase 36% by 2020—much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing medical research, an increased reliance on pharmaceuticals, and a large aging population will likely fuel the demand for these careers.
Over the next decade, most employment growth for medical scientists will likely be in private industry, where expertise is needed to develop prescription drugs and other biomedical tools. Medical scientists will always be vital because they contribute to the development of treatments and medicines that improve human health.
The median annual wage of medical scientists was $76,700 in May 2010. The lowest 10% earned less than $41,560, and the top 10% earned more than $142,800.