Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers

risk level
Based on 338 votes
by 2031
or $47.86 hourly
as of 2022

Automation risk

0.0% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Negotiation

  • Persuasion

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

23% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that there is a small chance this occupation will be replaced. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 0.0% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that this occupation will be replaced by robots or AI in the next 20 years?


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers' job openings is expected to rise 9.8% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers' was $99,550, or $47.86 per hour

'Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers' were paid 115.0% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 19,210 people employed as Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers within the United States.

This represents around 0.013% of the employed workforce across the country.

Put another way, around 1 in 7 thousand people are employed as Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers.

Job description

Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological, agricultural, and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

SOC Code: 17-2031.00


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hopefulBME (Small chance) says
Biomedical engineers will be the ones to improve the technology in many areas of life. As technology increases, this job will only become more prevalent and still require human insight.
Dec 14, 2021 at 08:21 PM
Quimy says
I don't think it will be automated because it's a job that seeks to create knowledge, and for that creativity is needed in the first place. Neural networks would not advance so fast in their evolution as to develop such a level of creativity in a few years.
Nov 24, 2021 at 06:52 PM
Jm (No chance) says
I believe jobs that require creativity (like engineering) will be off the last to ever be replaced by robots and automatization
Mar 13, 2021 at 08:47 PM
Martin (No chance) says
Engineering is a creative activity and in this case it combines several areas of knowledge. So in the short term I don't see it likely
Jul 21, 2020 at 03:22 AM
Pabriel (Likely) says
I voted "likely" because I think that artificial intelligence will soon be able to engineer bio-medicines in the near future.
Nov 22, 2019 at 06:10 PM

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