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Careers in biomedical engineering

Boimdeical engineers combine interest in engineering and biology

Careers in biomedical engineering Biomedical engineers combine their interests in engineering and biology to create and improve medical devices and procedures.

Biomedical engineers take classes in anatomy and physiology, genetics, computer-aided design, pathophysiology and more. You may find that a graduate degree is necessary for advancement or to compete with others in this growing field.

Typical day
A biomedical engineer combines skills in math and science with a strong understanding of biology.

“The biomedical field is always challenging because you have to keep up with changing of procedures, discoveries with medicine and have to know the complex human body,” says Shawn Placie, a senior biomedical engineering major at Indiana Tech who plans to become a design engineer.

Biomedical engineers meet with doctors, nurses and other health professionals to identify and test new products and procedures. Some specialties in the field include work with biomaterials, bioinstruments, genetics and rehabilitation devices. A biomedical engineer might develop a new surgical device, improve hearing aids or synthetic joints or develop new technology to monitor patient progress.

Is it for you?
Future biomedical engineers should be prepared for challenging work.

“Duplicating structures and designing surgical equipment are difficult because of the human body’s complexity,” Placie says. “Students who want to go in biomedical engineering should think about what institution or university they want to attend and which one would be right for them: course curriculum, size of the school and what part of biomedical engineering interests them.”

Vital stats
National average salary: $73,930

Education: Must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. May need a graduate degree for advancement or more competitive jobs.

Pursue if: You are interested in biology, math, science and the body’s complexities. You want to create or improve medical products and procedures.


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