The biomedical sciences offer the unique opportunity to study both applied sciences and medicine with the goal of improving public health for all. The field, subdivided into three specializations, also offers potential opportunities to pursue careers in many sectors of the economy. Biomedical scientists may be able to identify employment opportunities in a wide variety of fields, and pursue career opportunities in many cities and metropolitan areas across the country.
Industry employment and salary potential varies greatly by specialization and region. Those studying to become biomedical scientists and recent graduates alike should familiarize themselves with the salary and employment potentials for their field and become acquainted with the top specializations and locations of employment.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a medical scientist was $76,980 as of May 2012. The bottom 10 percent of earners in the biomedical sciences field earned less than $41,340, while the top 10% of earners in the field earned more $146,650 per annum.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top paying industries for professionals working in the field of biomedical sciences in 2013 were those employed in the offices of other health practitioners, the federal government, physicians’ offices, computer systems design and related services, and pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing.
Other areas with high salary potential include scientific research and development services, general medical and surgical professionals and medical and diagnostic laboratory technicians.
The BLS provides information about the states where biomedical sciences professionals reported earning the highest mean annual salaries. In 2013 those states included; Idaho Montana, Oklahoma, and Illinois.
The top paying metropolitan areas in the United States for biomedical sciences were Tulsa, Detroit, Syracuse and Boise.
In 2013 the BLS listed information on the industries with the highest concentration of employment of individuals working in the field of biomedical science. These industries were scientific research and development services, colleges and professional schools, general medical and surgical hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing and medical and diagnostic laboratories.
The states with the highest employment of biomedical sciences professionals were California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas, according to 2013 BLS data.
The top metropolitan areas for employment in the biomedical sciences were Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City and San Francisco.