What career options does a Biomedical engineer have?

Im a college student going for a biomedical engineering degree and i was wondering if anyone had suggestions on job/career options? where exactly does a biomedical engineer get a job?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    From the U.S. Department of Labor

    Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Occupational Outlook Handbook

    Biomedical engineers

    Biomedical engineers develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices. Many do research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, to develop and evaluate systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses (artificial devices that replace missing body parts), instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems. (See biological scientists, medical scientists, and chemists and materials scientists elsewhere in the Handbook.) Biomedical engineers may also design devices used in various medical procedures, imaging systems such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and devices for automating insulin injections or controlling body functions. Most engineers in this specialty need a sound background in another engineering specialty, such as mechanical or electronics engineering, in addition to specialized biomedical training. Some specialties within biomedical engineering include biomaterials, biomechanics, medical imaging, rehabilitation engineering, and orthopedic engineering.

    Biomedical engineers are expected to have employment growth that is much faster than the average for all occupations through 2014. The aging of the population and the focus on health issues will drive demand for better medical devices and equipment designed by biomedical engineers. Along with the demand for more sophisticated medical equipment and procedures, an increased concern for cost- effectiveness will boost demand for biomedical engineers, particularly in pharmaceutical manufacturing and related industries.

    However, because of the growing interest in this field, the number of degrees granted in biomedical engineering has increased greatly. Biomedical engineers, particularly those with only a bachelor’s degree, may face competition for jobs. Unlike the case for many other engineering specialties, a graduate degree is recommended or required for many entry-level jobs.

    For information about who hires biomedical engineers, go to any major jobsearch engine, such at hotjobs.com or monster.com and type in "biomedical engineer" and you'll find a list of companies currently hiring.

    For more information you might also check the Biomedical Engineering Society, 8401 Corporate Dr., Suite 225, Landover, MD 20785-2224. Internet: http://www.bmes.org/

  • ye
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    You may want to visit your Career Counseling Department at your school.

    They should be able to provide info regarding what kind of employment opportunities are available to those whom receive degrees in Biomedical Engineering.

    Also check out the link below from the Department of Labor.

    It provides labor statistics for Engineers.

    God Bless and hope this info helps you!

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