Careers in the Biomedical Sciences

Careers In the Biomedical Sciences Program

The biomedical sciences program at Baptist College of Health Sciences combines dynamic human health science courses with a quality general education. The biomedical sciences program is specifically designed to prepare individuals for careers in the health industry.

Career paths in the biomedical sciences include the following:

Audiologists

Audiologists diagnose and treat a patient’s hearing and balance problems using advanced technology and procedures.

Median pay:

$66,660 per year; $32.05 per hour

Dentists

Dentists diagnose and treat problems with a patient’s teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.

Median pay:

$146,920 per year; $70.64 per hour

Dietitians & Nutritionists

Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.

Median pay:

$53,250 per year; $25.60 per hour

Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

Medical laboratory technologists (also known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.

Median salary:

$46,680 per year; $22.44 per hour

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists treat patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

Median pay:

$72,320 per year; $34.77 per hour

Optometrists

Optometrists perform eye exams to check for vision problems and diseases. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed.

Median pay:

$94,990 per year; $45.67 per hour

Pharmacists

Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer advice on their safe use.

Median pay:

$111,570 per year; $53.64 per hour

Physicians & Surgeons

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in patients. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

Median pay:

This wage is equal to or greater than $166,400 per year or $80.00 per hour.

Physician Assistants

Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine under the direction of physicians and surgeons. They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment.

Median pay:

$86,410 per year; $41.54 per hour

Physical Therapists

Physical therapists help people who have injuries or illnesses improve their movement and manage their pain. They are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries.

Median pay:       

$76,310 per year; $36.69 per hour

Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders in patients.

Median pay:

$66,920 per year; $32.17 per hour

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Dentists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dentists.htm (visited June 12, 2013).