Biomedical Engineering

Brianna Royer

What is a Biomedical Engineer?

Biomedical engineers design artificial devices and organs to replace body parts, as well as medical machines and genetically modified organisms. They also work with the synthesis of organic materials and items for use in the body. Additionally, they train companies and people in the safe use of machinery and simulate new drug therapies. Computer software is used often in the field as well as other mechanical equipment. The various sub-types include biomaterials, cellular and tissue engineering, biomechanics, and systems physiology.

Why am I interested?

I believe that cell and tissue synthesis is an incredibly fascinating thing. Additionally, I feel that I would be very capable of working in the prosthetics section of the career too. It is a good way to help people with serving in a warfare-related task.


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Typical day for a Biomedical Engineer...

The day of a biomedical engineer varies greatly depending on whether they are working on a project currently or not. A non-project day would involve working in the office, working on testing protocol, and meeting with departments to discuss matters of their machinery/creations. It could also involve going into hospitals to observe surgeries and getting feedback on their creations. Another aspect of a biomedical engineer's job is making the products marketable and suitable to the consumer.

Average Salary

Average Salary: $86,960


Starting Salary: $52,600


Top 10% Salary: $139,450

Biomedical Engineer Requirements

  • Extensive math and science courses
  • BS in Biomedical Engineering (4 years)
  • M.S.,M.Tech, M.S.E., or M.Eng. (2-3 years)
  • PhD. in Biomedical Engineering (5-6 years)