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How to Become a Biomedical Engineer

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The field of biomedical engineering has been growing exponentially and, with more people living longer than before, the need for qualified biomedical engineers is greater than ever. If the field of biomedical engineering appeals to you, here is the information that you need to understand the career better. It will help you with deciding whether or not it’s truly the right career path for you.

What do Biomedical Engineers do?

Biomedical engineers blend their medical and biologic knowledge with the practices and principles of engineering to create procedures and devices which solve health-related and medical problems.  They try to answer any medical challenges through helping develop and design new methods or equipment.

Some of the tasks that biomedical engineers perform are:

·         Develop medical devices and instruments such as heart/lung machines and lasers

·         Make improvements to equipment such as heart valves, artificial limbs, and kidney machines

·         Develop devices that go into the bodies of patients like heart pacemakers

·         Do research with chemists, doctors, and other types of scientists in universities and hospitals

·         Search for answers to questions such as how drugs affect muscles and how brains think, remember, and sleep

·         Teach and research with advanced degrees and experience

·         Monitor and maintain the complicated medical systems in hospitals

 

Income

Here is a table indicating the average yearly salary for Biomedical Engineers:

Industry

Average Salary

Medical supplies and Equipment Manufacturing

$83,760

Scientific Research & Development Services

$88,660

Pharmaceutical & Medicine Manufacturing

$78,940

General Medical & Surgical Hospitals

$62,850

Measuring, Electromedical, Control, and Navigational Instruments Manufacturing

$89,020

 

Entry Requirements and Qualifications 

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineering is required to become a biomedical engineer.  Besides this, the following are also acceptable:

·         Biomedical, electrical, chemical, or industrial engineering degree

·         Advanced degree in another related science is suggested

·         Continued education to learn the latest developments

·         Some states require biomedical engineers to become licensed, which means a degree from an approved engineering university, a minimum of 4 years’ experience and a passing grade on the state exam.

Training

There are quite a few internships available for graduates of a biomedical engineering program.  Many companies offer on the job training to further the education that the student received while they were in college.

Career Outlook

Advancement will usually depend on your experience and education. Biomedical engineers working in research or become project leaders of research programs. They can also become managers in manufacturing companies or hospitals. Some even create companies of their own. Biomedical engineers with doctoral degrees often teach in medical schools and universities.

It’s expected that this career is going to be growing right through this year.  With the population living longer and the big focus on health problems, there is more need than ever for biomedical engineers. But there are a lot of people who are getting degrees in this field and that means that those who only have the bachelor’s degree are going to have issues finding work. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your graduate degree.

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