Undergraduate Major Details

Biomedical Engineering

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Biomedical Engineering major is in the College of Engineering.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Intuitive Surgical
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Sacramento Contact Lenses and Optometry Inc.
Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
UC Davis Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
UC Davis Imaging Research Center
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis School Of Medicine
UC Davis School Of Medicine Department of Pharmacology
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCDSVM)
UC Davis Student Academic Success Center
UC Davis Student Housing
UCDHS Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program
UCDMC Cardio Thoracic Step Down
UCDMC Cardiology Davis Tower 6
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Occupational Therapy Inpatient
UCDMC Operating Room
UCDMC Orthotics
UCDMC Pediatric Emergency Room
UCDMC Physical Therapy Inpatient
UCDMC Physical Therapy Outpatient
UCDSOM Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology
VietNamese Cancer Awareness Education & Research Society
Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VN CARES)

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 54 24 44.4%
2013-14 78 29 37.2%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 39.1% 17.4% 43.5% 0.0%
2013-14 57.1% 21.4% 21.4% 0.0%
2014-15 38.9% 44.4% 16.7% 0.0%
2015-16 38.9% 20.4% 35.2% 5.6%
2016-17 38.1% 42.9% 14.3% 4.8%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Accenture Analyst
Accenture Analyst Consultant
Accenture Systems Integration Analyst
Bayer Associate
Counsyl Automation Engineer
FM Global Field Engineer
Genentech Associate Engineer
Genentech Technician
Hantel Technologies Engineer
International Medication Systems, Limited API Chemist
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Research Associate
Medical Device Resource Corporation Engineering Intern
Novartis Process Engineer
Schlumberger Field Engineer
Thoratec Corporation Engineer
University of California, Davis Curation Assistant
University of California, Davis Research Assistant
University of California, San Francisco Research Assistant
Varian Medical Systems Mechanical Engineer
Violin Memory Event Coordinator

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $60,833 $65,500
2013-14 $55,846 $58,000
2014-15 $53,000 $50,500
2015-17 $60,789 $58,000