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Working As A Bioprocess Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $88,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Bioprocess Engineer Do

Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare.

Duties

Biomedical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design equipment and devices, such as artificial internal organs, replacements for body parts, and machines for diagnosing medical problems
  • Install, adjust, maintain, repair, or provide technical support for biomedical equipment
  • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment
  • Train clinicians and other personnel on the proper use of equipment
  • Work with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists to research the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals
  • Prepare procedures, write technical reports, publish research papers, and make recommendations based on their research findings
  • Present research findings to scientists, nonscientist executives, clinicians, hospital management, engineers, other colleagues, and the public

Biomedical engineers design instruments, devices, and software used in healthcare; bring together knowledge from many technical sources to develop new procedures; or conduct research needed to solve clinical problems.

They often serve a coordinating function, using their background in both engineering and medicine. For example, they may create products for which an indepth understanding of living systems and technology is essential. They frequently work in research and development or in quality assurance.

Biomedical engineers design electrical circuits, software to run medical equipment, or computer simulations to test new drug therapies. In addition, they design and build artificial body parts, such as hip and knee joints. In some cases, they develop the materials needed to make the replacement body parts. They also design rehabilitative exercise equipment.

The work of these engineers spans many professional fields. For example, although their expertise is based in engineering and biology, they often design computer software to run complicated instruments, such as three-dimensional x-ray machines. Alternatively, many of these engineers use their knowledge of chemistry and biology to develop new drug therapies. Others draw heavily on mathematics and statistics to build models to understand the signals transmitted by the brain or heart.

The following are examples of specialty areas within the field of biomedical engineering:

Bioinstrumentation uses electronics, computer science, and measurement principles to develop devices used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Biomaterials is the study of naturally occurring or laboratory-designed materials that are used in medical devices or as implantation materials.

Biomechanics involves the study of mechanics, such as thermodynamics, to solve biological or medical problems.

Clinical engineering applies medical technology to optimize healthcare delivery.

Rehabilitation engineering is the study of engineering and computer science to develop devices that assist individuals with physical and cognitive impairments.

Systems physiology uses engineering tools to understand how systems within living organisms, from bacteria to humans, function and respond to changes in their environment.

Some people with training in biomedical engineering become professors. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

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How To Become A Bioprocess Engineer

Biomedical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering or bioengineering from an accredited program in order to enter the occupation. Alternatively, they can get a bachelor’s degree in a different field of engineering and then either choose biological science electives or get a graduate degree in biomedical engineering.

Education

Prospective biomedical engineering or bioengineering students should take high school science courses, such as chemistry, physics, and biology. They should also take math courses, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting or mechanical drawing and in computer programming are also useful.

Bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical engineering and bioengineering focus on engineering and biological sciences. Programs include laboratory-based courses, in addition to classroom-based courses, in subjects such as fluid and solid mechanics, computer programming, circuit design, and biomaterials. Other required courses may include biological sciences, such as physiology.

Accredited programs also include substantial training in engineering design. Many programs include co-ops or internships, often with hospitals and medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, to provide students with practical applications as part of their study. Biomedical engineering and bioengineering programs are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Biomedical engineers must be able to analyze the needs of patients and customers to design appropriate solutions.

Communication skills. Because biomedical engineers sometimes work with patients and frequently work on teams, they must be able to express themselves clearly. They must seek others’ ideas and incorporate those ideas into the problem-solving process.

Creativity. Biomedical engineers must be creative to come up with innovative and integrative advances in healthcare equipment and devices.

Math skills. Biomedical engineers use the principles of calculus and other advanced topics in mathematics, as well as statistics, for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. Biomedical engineers typically deal with and solve problems in complex biological systems.

Advancement

Biomedical engineers typically receive greater responsibility through experience and more education. To lead a research team, a biomedical engineer generally needs a graduate degree. Some biomedical engineers attend medical or dental school to specialize in applications at the forefront of patient care, such as using electric impulses in new ways to get muscles moving again. Some earn law degrees and work as patent attorneys. Others pursue a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and move into managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on lawyers and architectural and engineering managers.

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Average Yearly Salary
$88,000
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$58,000
Min 10%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$132,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Andrew Wyeth
Highest Paying City
South San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.8 years
How much does a Bioprocess Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Bioprocess Engineer in the United States is $88,173 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $58,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $132,000.

Real Bioprocess Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Bioprocess Engineer Inotec Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Sep 01, 2013 $122,611
Senior Bioprocessing Engineer DSM Nutritional Products LLC Columbia, MD Jul 27, 2016 $115,898
Senior Bioprocess Engineer Modern Meadow Inc. New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $115,000
Bioprocess Engineer III Panorama Consulting & Engineering, Inc. Woburn, MA Nov 29, 2016 $102,794
Bioprocessing Engineer DSM Nutritional Products, LLC Columbia, MD Sep 15, 2014 $99,275
SR. Bioprocess Engineer Novozymes Bioag Inc. Milwaukee, WI Sep 15, 2015 $93,500 -
$95,000
SR. Bioprocess Engineer Novozymes Bioag Inc. Milwaukee, WI Oct 07, 2014 $93,500 -
$95,000
Bioprocess Engineer Modern Meadow Inc. New York, NY Apr 30, 2014 $86,050
Senior Chromatography Bioprocess Engineer Millipore Corporation Billerica, MA Sep 15, 2010 $84,525
Bioprocess Engineer Inotec Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Sep 01, 2013 $84,273
Senior Bioprocess Engineer Joule Unlimited, Inc. MD Oct 01, 2011 $82,000 -
$92,000
Senior Bioprocess Engineer Joule Unlimited, Inc. Woburn, MA Dec 30, 2011 $82,000 -
$92,000
Senior Bioprocess Engineer Joule Unlimited, Inc. Woburn, MA Oct 01, 2011 $82,000 -
$92,000
Senior Bioprocess Engineer Joule Unlimited Technologies, Inc. Woburn, MA Dec 30, 2011 $82,000 -
$92,000
Bioprocess Engineer III (Upstream Development) Human Genome Sciences, Inc. Rockville, MD Aug 31, 2012 $81,600 -
$110,400
Bioprocess Engineer Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Jul 30, 2012 $77,600
Bioprocess Engineer Inotec Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Nov 01, 2012 $76,050
Bioprocess Engineer Biovolutions Inc. Woburn, MA Jun 01, 2015 $74,255 -
$77,219
Engineer, Bioprocessing Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Saint Joseph, MO Aug 31, 2014 $73,653 -
$91,400
Bioprocess Engineer Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $71,822 -
$117,800
Engineer, Bioprocessing Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Saint Joseph, MO Oct 01, 2011 $70,000
Bioprocess Engineer Human Genome Sciences, Inc. Rockville, MD Aug 31, 2009 $68,820

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Top Skills for A Bioprocess Engineer

  1. Cell Culture
  2. Lab Equipment
  3. Pilot Plant
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed Cell Culture and Fermentation pilot plant suites layout and utilities needs.
  • Design and construct Pilot Plant Layout.
  • Participated in a team of process/commissioning engineers to successfully support client needs.
  • Reformulated freeze-down media and process to facilitate thaw and scale-up with simplified operations and minimizing exposure to contaminants.
  • Trouble shooting in process development and cGMP production.

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Top 10 Best States for Bioprocess Engineers

  1. Connecticut
  2. Maryland
  3. Minnesota
  4. Arizona
  5. Nevada
  6. Texas
  7. California
  8. Alaska
  9. Massachusetts
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Bioprocess Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

66.7%

Female

21.6%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

47.5%

Asian

23.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

9.0%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

25.0%

Italian

25.0%

French

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%
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Bioprocess Engineer Education

Schools

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

12.9%

University of California - Berkeley

9.7%

University of Florida

6.5%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

6.5%

Northeastern University

6.5%

Cornell University

6.5%

Boston University

6.5%

San Diego State University

6.5%

Southern Connecticut State University

3.2%

University of Houston

3.2%

Michigan Technological University

3.2%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.2%

Quincy College

3.2%

New Mexico State University

3.2%

Washington State University

3.2%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.2%

Ohio State University

3.2%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.2%

Northwestern University

3.2%

De Anza College

3.2%
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Majors

Chemical Engineering

28.8%

Biotechnology

13.5%

Biomedical Engineering

9.6%

Biology

5.8%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.8%

Biological Engineering

5.8%

Biochemical Engineering

3.8%

Paper Science And Engineering

3.8%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.9%

Statistics

1.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%

Microbiology

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.9%

Management Science

1.9%

Food And Nutrition

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

Veterinary Science

1.9%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.9%

Mining Engineering

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.8%

Masters

33.3%

Doctorate

15.8%

Other

10.5%

Certificate

1.8%

Associate

1.8%
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