1. Biomedical Engineers, Biochemists, and Biophysicists
According to the US Department of Labor statistics, biomedical engineering is the fastest growing occupation, projected to have a growth rate of 72% between now and 2018. Biochemistry and biophysics are also on the list, with an estimated growth of 37.4% between now and 2018. To become a biochemist or biophysicist, you will need a doctoral degree. Biomedical engineering, on the other hand, requires just a bachelor's degree. All three fields have very high salaries associated with them ($51,540 or more a year).
Biomedical engineers are responsible for creating life-saving products for patients. They work in research mostly and are expected to have a high level of scientific understanding. While a bachelor's degree is required, a master's degree is recommended in order to be competitive in the field.
Biochemists may work in research at a university or they may work for a company. Some work for nonprofits and for government agencies. Most biochemists will need a doctorate degree. Biophysicists study the ways in which organisms move, develop, think, see, live, and hear. A biophysicist will write up research and will often work at universities. They also typically hold doctoral degrees.