Biomedical Engineers

Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

Median Annual Wage: $86,950

Education: Bachelor's degree (45%); Master's degree (35%); Doctoral degree (20%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Biomedical Technician; Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET); Biomedical Engineer; Biomedical Electronics Technician; Biomedical Engineering Technician; Research Engineer; Biomedical Manager; Clinical Engineer; Biomedical Engineering Director; Professor

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Biomedical Engineers.

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  • Design and develop medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and biobehavioral sciences.
  • Teach biomedical engineering or disseminate knowledge about the field through writing or consulting.
  • Research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs.
  • Develop models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes.
  • Adapt or design computer hardware or software for medical science uses.
  • Diagnose and interpret bioelectric data, using signal processing techniques.
  • Design and deliver technology to assist people with disabilities.
  • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
  • Manage teams of engineers by creating schedules, tracking inventory, creating and using budgets, and overseeing contract obligations and deadlines.
  • Advise and assist in the application of instrumentation in clinical environments.
  • Write documents describing protocols, policies, standards for use, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Biomedical Engineers.

  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Biomedical Engineers.

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