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Biomedical Engineer

   

Biomedical Engineers apply their knowledge of physical science and engineering in an effort to design and develop life-support devices and other medical equipment that can assist health care professionals in improving the quality of life of patients. They plan and conduct research concerning biological, psychological, behavioral, and other life systems that affect the health of patients. Biomedical engineers develop mathematical models and computer simulations in order to better understand the life processes that affect our health. Some of the devices and instruments that they design and develop are pacemakers, artificial limbs and organs, laser systems used in corrective eye surgery, computers that analyze blood, ultra-sound imaging equipment, and devices for automating insulin injections as well as controlling other bodily functions. They may also perform duties such as evaluating the effectiveness of drugs and other medications, developing new energy sources to power these medical devices, and managing a large number of technicians and assistants in a laboratory environment. Biomedical engineers may choose to specialize in areas such as biomechanics, biomaterials, medical imaging, clinical engineering, rehabilitation engineering, or orthopedic engineering. Anyone interested in this highly technical field should have a high aptitude for math and science as well as be able to get along with many types of people.


Work Environment:

 

The majority of biomedical engineers work in medical, academic, industrial, and governmental research laboratories. Other employment opportunities exist in hospitals and undersea and space programs. These highly trained professions usually work 40-hours a week and face a minimal amount of workplace hazards.

High School Preparation:

 

High school students interested in becoming a biomedical engineer should take courses in biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, English, literature, composition, mechanical drawing, electricity and electronics, physical education, computer skills, sociology, and health occupations/medical professions education.


College Requirements:

 

Individuals interested in this engineering specialty must first obtain a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Most employers require that an individual have a biomedical engineering degree. Anyone interested in research or teaching must obtain a graduate degree. State engineering boards test, evaluate, and license individuals as professional engineers in the specific disciplines. Additional professional testing and certification in this specialty can be obtained through the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and the American Board of Clinical Engineering.

 

Students interested in biomedical engineering should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

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Career Outlook:

Employment of biomedical engineers is expected to increase faster than the average for all other occupations through 2012. This 25% - 35% rise in employment will focus largely on development of new high-tech devices for medical uses. An example of this would be the increasing research and development of computer-assisted surgery. Biomedical engineers will also be in demand in specialties such as rehabilitation and orthopedics because of exciting advancements in sophisticated medical equipment and procedures. Individuals in this profession will enjoy excellent job security as well as a very comfortable income.
 

 

Salary:

 

Average Annual Salary

$66,400

 

Salary Range

$56,100-$83,900

 

Professional Organizations:

 

Biomedical Engineering Society

8401 Corporate Drive, Suite 110

Landover, MD 20785

Phone: (301) 459-1999

Fax: (301) 459-2444

www.bmes.org

 

Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)

1110 North Glebe Road, Suite 220
Arlington, VA

22201-4795

Phone: (703) 525-4890

Fax: (703) 276-0793

www.aami.org

 

National Association for Biomedical Research

818 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 200

Washington, DC 20006

Phone: (202) 857-0540

Fax: (202) 659-1902

www.nabr.org

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