Biomedical Engineering

Shalice Marcelle

What and Why I'm interested in Biomedical Engineering

  • Biomedical engineers analyze and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine, with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care.
  • Devise procedures and devices to improve medical conditions.
  • I'm interested in this field because it combines what I want to do with what my mom wants me to do. Which are Chemical Engineering and Medical/ Pharmaceutical work.

What an Biomedical Engineer might do on a typical day

  • Design systems and products, such as artificial internal organs, artificial devices that replace body parts, and machines for diagnosing medical problems.
  • Install, adjust, maintain, repair, or provide technical support for biomedical equipment. Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
  • Train clinicians and other personnel on the proper use of equipment.
  • Work with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists to research the engineering aspects of biological systems of humans and animals.

The typical starting salary for a Biomedical Engineer

  • The median annual wage for biomedical engineers was $86,960 in May 2012.
  • The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.
  • The lowest 10 percent earned less than $52,600, and the top 10 percent earned more than $139,450.
  • Biomedical engineers usually work full time on a normal schedule.
  • However, as with employees in almost any engineering occupation, biomedical engineers may occasionally have to work additional hours to meet the needs of patients, managers, colleagues, and clients.

What education is needed to find a job in Biomedical Engineering field.

  • Prospective biomedical engineering students should take high school science courses, such as chemistry, physics, and biology.
  • They should also take math courses, including calculus. Courses in drafting or mechanical drawing and computer programming are also useful.
  • Bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical engineering focus on engineering and biological sciences.
  • Programs include laboratory-based courses in addition to classroom-based courses in subjects such as fluid and solid mechanics, computer programming, circuit design, and biomaterials.
  • Other required courses may include biological sciences, such as physiology.
  • Accredited programs also include substantial training in engineering design. Many programs include co-ops or internships, often with hospitals, to provide students with practical applications as part of their study.
  • Biomedical engineering programs are accredited by ABET.