A bachelor’s degree in biomedical science is a great starting point toward a long list of high paying, in-demand careers. While some students continue their education by obtaining a master’s degree or doctorate, obtaining a bachelor’s degree can still lead to other high-paying career options. If you’re interested in biomedical science, here are examples of high paying jobs available with a bachelor’s degree alone.
All salaries are based on median annual wages gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
1. Medical and Health Services Manager - $99,730/year
Medical and health services managers plan and direct the business-side of health care operations. They work in various health care facilities including hospitals, nursing homes and group practices.
It’s a promising field that is projected to grow by 28 percent from 2018 to 2028--much faster than the projections for other occupations. Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree along with administrative experience in a hospital or other health care facility.
2. Pharmaceutical Sales Representative - $79,600/year
Pharmaceutical sales representatives don’t just sell medicine, they teach prospective customers (usually physicians, nurse practitioners, etc.) about the scientific properties of various drugs, how they function in the body, and how they effectively treat illness. In short: they need to understand the science behind the products they sell, so a biomedical sciences degree is the perfect precursor to what can be an extremely lucrative sales career.
Compared to other sales representatives, those who sell products for scientific and technical products like pharmaceutical drugs can make significantly more since the position requires at least a bachelor’s degree. A pharmaceutical sale representative’s income may also depend on the amount of products sold.
3. Microbiologist - $71,650/year
Typically working in laboratories, microbiologists study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites.
Aside from increasing scientific knowledge, microbiologists aid in the development of new vaccines, pharmaceuticals, genetically engineered crops and better biofuels. They also work at medical diagnostic laboratories alongside physicians and nurses to help prevent, treat, and cure diseases. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is all that’s needed for many entry-level positions in this career.
4. Food Scientist - $64,020/year
Food Scientists research how to improve the efficiency and safety of various types of food by creating new ways to process, package and deliver products. According to BLS, the field plays an important role in expanding the nation’s food supply.
For entry-level positions, this career requires just a bachelor’s degree. Because NUHS allows you to tailor your degree, you can also choose to focus on nutrition, an important aspect of this field.
5. Clinical Laboratory Technologists– $52,300/year
Clinical laboratory technologists collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. This career path is among the most stable and secure you can pursue.
According to BLS, an increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. From 2018 to 2028, the employment of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians is expected to grow much faster than other occupations by 11 percent.
Entry-level jobs in this career typically require a bachelor’s degree. Some states may also require licensure.
Whether your interest is in administration, research, or health care, you can pursue a long list of versatile careers with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science. If you’re open to earning more advanced degrees, a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science can lead to even more high-paying high-demand jobs. No matter what your interests, NUHS can help you tailor your degree to meet your goals.