Bioengineers apply engineering principles to understand and solve medical problems. They create and enhance medical technology for the entire body, from investigating the physiologic behavior of single cells to designing implants using living and nonliving materials to replace diseased or traumatized body tissues.
Bioengineers and physicians collaborate in advancement of medical technology and approaches to the many unsolved problems in understanding and treating disease. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that growth in the bioengineering field will continue to exceed average growth in professions.
Career opportunities for bioengineers include research and teaching in academia, entrepreneurship and advising on intellectual property. Employment opportunities are also available in independent research laboratories, hospitals and federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration or the National Institutes of Health.