Biomedical Sciences : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Employment opportunities for individuals with advanced degrees in the life sciences are abundant. The New York State Department of Labor Occupational Outlook 1998-2008 reports that the variety of employment opportunities for graduates with a bachelors degree is wide and their number is plentiful. The number of science-related jobs in sales, marketing, and research management, for which non-PhDs usually qualify, is expected to be bountiful. Graduates may fill positions as science or engineering technicians or health technologists and technicians. Optimistic projections were also made for physicians, and cardiovascular technologists and technicians. Job prospects for college and university faculty are also expected to increase as faculty retire and student enrollment increases.

Other positions that are expected to become increasingly available include medicine and health science managers, biological and medical scientists, life science teachers, post-secondary and secondary teachers, health practitioners and technicians, physician assistants, writers, and editors. Note that chiropractors, physicians, podiatrists, medical scientists, biological scientists, college and university faculty are among the fastest growing occupations.

Graduates with biomedical sciences majors generally continue their studies in a professional or graduate school program. The small number of graduates who enter the job market upon graduation pursue careers in pharmaceutical sales or as laboratory technicians.

Skills Gained in This Program Include:
  • Applying principles and concepts developed via coursework in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics) to courses in the basic life sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology)
  • Describing the detailed structure of the human body examined in anatomy, and exploring structure-function relationships in human physiology
  • Investigating the molecular basis of life via the study of macromolecular structure and function, gene expression, and metabolic regulation in biochemistry
  • Characterizing microorganisms that enable and disrupt normal biological functions in humans based on fundamentals of microbiology
  • Making decisions in the face of uncertainty and making inferences from clinical and non-clinical data using statistical principles
  • Integrating information gained via general education courses and applying it in the context of the biomedical sciences
  • Utilizing knowledge gleaned from elective courses to broaden perspective on personal health care, health care delivery and administration, socio-economic factors that impact human health, global health issues, drug development, and ethical dilemmas (dependent on the choice of electives)
  • Discussing the merits and shortcomings of biomedical research in the context of courses in the biomedical sciences
  • Demonstrating the clinical relevance of coursework in the biomedical sciences
  • Matriculating into graduate and/or professional programs of study in the life sciences

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:30 EST