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Biomedical Engineers

Also called: Biomedical Technician, Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET), Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Electronics Technician

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals.
  • 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 field through writing or consulting.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Health
  • medicine and dentistry

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Persistence
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SNOINO Ttree
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • SolidWorks CAD software
Medical software
  • Electromyograph analysis software
  • Gait analysis software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$86,960
per year, on average
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