Biomedical Engineering

Careers in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is the application of traditional engineering principles and design procedures to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine. Biomedical engineers may be called upon in a wide range of capacities, including:

  • Designing instruments, devices, and software;
  • Bringing together knowledge from many technical sources to develop new procedures;
  • Conducting research needed to solve clinical problems.

Education Requirements

A biomedical engineering degree typically requires a minimum of four years of university education.
Following this, the biomedical engineer may assume an entry level engineering position in

  • An engineering position in a medical device or pharmaceutical company,
  •  A clinical engineering position in a hospital or
  •  A sales position for a biomaterials or biotechnology company.

Many biomedical engineers seek graduate-level training in biomedical engineering or a related engineering field, pursue a graduate degree in business or apply to medical or dental school. A fraction of biomedical engineers choose to enter law school, planning to work with patent law and intellectual property related to biomedical inventions.

Subdisciplines in Bioengineering

Bioinformatics   Cellular, Tissue & Genetic Engineering
Bioinstrumentation   Medical Imaging
Biomaterials   Microtechnology & Nanotechnology
Biomechanics   Neural Systems & Engineering
BioMEMS   Orthopedic Bioengineering
Biosignal Procssing   Rehabilitation Engineering
Biotechnology   Robotics in Surgery
Clinical Engineering   Systems Physiology

Salary Range: $60,000-$110,000

Learn more about Biomedical Engineering.