UGA Specific Information for Biological Engineering

Engineering is about creating new solutions to existing or future problems. Engineers are problem solvers who employ science, math, analysis and synthesis to design unique and practical solutions to everyday problems. They must accomplish this often under the constraints of time, budgets, and safety and health issues. Engineers also must be concerned about the environmental, political and social impact their answers will create.

The biological engineering discipline applies concepts and methods of biology (and secondarily of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science) to solve real-world problems related to the life sciences. Biological engineering uses primarily the rapidly developing body of knowledge known as molecular biology to study and advance applications of living organisms. 



Class of 2022 Career Outcomes for Biological Engineering*

** Includes Self-Employed


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Possible Career Paths for Biological Engineering

  • Biomedical Engineer: Bridge the medical engineering disciplines by providing an overall enhancement of healthcare. Design and build innovative designs (artificial limbs and organs, new-generation imaging machines, advanced prosthetics, and more) and improve processes for genomic testing, or making and administering drugs.  

    Key focus areas include: biomedical electronics, biomechatronics, bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, biomechanics, bionics, cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering, clinical engineering, medical imaging, orthopaedic bioengineering, rehabilitation engineering, systems physiology, bionanotechnology, neural engineering 

  • Biological Engineer: Apply engineering practice to problems and opportunities presented by living things and the natural environment. Areas include environmental protection and remediation, food/feed production, medicine and plant-based pharmaceuticals and packing materials.

  • Tissue Engineer: Develops functional 3D tissues, combining scaffolds, cells, and/or bioactive molecules. Develop, recover, and repair damaged tissues or entire organs. 

  • Research and Development Engineer: Support the new product development critical to the survival and growth of medical device companies, in the industry. In academia, a PhD is usually required for faculty positions that involve research in an academic settings or, in industry medical device companies, a PhD may also be required for higher-level research positions. 

  • Product Development Engineer: Design and develop manufactured products, including medical devices, and combine artistic talent with market research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design. 

  • Field Service Engineer: Create, install, and repair technology-related equipment and support a variety of systems, including biomedical equipment. Perform repairs and installs on-site at the customer's place of business. 

  • Quality Control Engineer: Test processes and products and determine whether they meet the set standards for functionality, reliability, and durability. Create strategic plans to enhance business processes and boost production input. Ensure the quality of services and products produced by the organization. 

  • Technical Sales Specialist: Use technical expertise and in-depth scientific knowledge of the technology to help prospective customers solve business problems, execute creative sales campaigns, and promote company products.  

  • Process Design Engineer: Specialize in directing and implementing capital projects for companies and create processes to meet budgets and project goals. Oversee continuous improvement efforts for companies, usually working full-time in an office setting. 

  • Process Safety Engineer: Assess the safety of processes and identify potential risk factors to make sure operations are safe. Analyze equipment for safety aspects and design machinery that allows for safe and efficient operation. Contribute to safety measures and regulations related to equipment. 

  • Nanosystems Engineer: Design, develop, or supervise the production of materials, devices, or systems of unique molecular or macromolecular composition, applying principles of nanoscale physics and electrical, chemical, or biological engineering. 

  • Engineers in Natural Resources/Environmental Systems: Determine crop water requirements, design irrigation systems; agricultural hydrology principles (controlling drainage, soil erosion, effects of sediment on stream quality); water control structures (reservoirs, floodways, channels). 

  • Engineers in Power Systems & Machinery Design: Design advanced equipment (food processing, crop spraying, agricultural commodity/waste transport, turn and landscape maintenance) that makes it more efficient and less damaging of natural resources. 

  • Engineers in Structures & Environment: Design animal housing, storage structures, greenhouses with ventilation systems, temperature and humidity controls, structural strength appropriate for climate and purpose; systems for storing, reusing, recovering, and transporting waste products. 

  • Food and Bioprocess Engineers: Versatile career path that applies to virtually all other engineering specialty areas (ex. Geographic information systems, global positioning systems, machine instrumentation and controls, electromagnetics, “bioinformatics”). 

  • Engineers in Forest Engineering: Solve natural resource and environment problems in forest production systems and related manufacturing industries. 

  • Engineers in Energy Systems: Identify and develop viable energy sources – biomass, methane, vegetable oil, etc.; develop energy conservation strategies to reduce costs and protect the environment. 

  • Engineers in Aquacultural Engineering: Design farm systems for raising fish and shellfish; specialize in water quality, biotechnology, machinery, natural resources, feeding and ventilation systems, sanitization 

  • Engineers in Nursery & Greenhouse Engineering: Design equipment for transplantation, control systems for temperature, humidity, and ventilation; plant biology issues (hydroponics, tissue culture, seedling propagation methods). 

Other Job Titles: Biomedical Equipment Technician, Research Assistant/Specialist/Professional, Medical Assistant, Product Development Associate, Mechanical Engineer, Quality Assurance Tech, Laboratory Technician 

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2022 Biological Engineering majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2022 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Actalent, Inc. Reflash Support Specialist
Agiliti Health, Inc. Biomedical Equipment Technician
Axitan Limited. Bioprocess Technician
Better Sales Development Associate
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Research Assistant
Dallas Jackals Rugby Development Player
Goodman Dermatology, P.C. Medical Assistant
Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. Associate Clinical Account Specialist
KEYENCE CORPORATION Technical Sales Engineer
KLS Martin Group Associate IPS Planning Engineer
Lilly Diabetes Sales Representative
LW Scientific Product Development Associate
Magnolia Women’s Health Certified Medical Assistant
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC. Associate Engineer
T3 Labs - Translational Testing and Training Laboratories, Inc. Affiliate
Takeda Pharamceuticals Research Specialist
Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Production Engineer
University of Georgia Research Professional
Wellstar Health System Biomedical Technician
ZoomInfo Technologies, LLC. Sales Development Representative
* denotes no responses received.

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2022 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2022 Biological Engineering majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2022 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Augusta University Occupational Therapy, MHS
Augusta University Medicine, MD
Johns Hopkins University Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology, PhD
Saint Louis University Medicine, MD
The University of Tennessee Medicine, MD
University of Georgia Biochemical Engineering, Not Specified
University of Georgia Bioengineering, Master's
University of Georgia Biological Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Biological Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Biological Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Biological Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Biological Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Biomedical Engineering, PhD
University of Georgia Civil Engineering, Degree Not Specified
University of Georgia Unspecified, Master's
University of Georgia Engineering with Emphasis in Biomedical Engineering, PhD
University of Georgia Neuroscience, PhD
Virginia Tech Not Specified, PhD
Washington University In St Louis Medicine, MD
* denotes no responses received.