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Careers in Biomedical Engineering
One of the Fastest Growing Job Sectors in the Economy
Those working in biomedical engineering careers engage in research to develop and evaluate systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems and systems for health management and health care delivery. Florida Tech prepares graduates for careers in biomedical engineering, giving them a college experience that immerses them in clinical experience and exposes them to engineers and health professionals who mentor them to be ready for employment.
Careers in biomedical engineering are as diverse as they are challenging, requiring a strong, quantitative background in biomechanics, bioelectronics and biotransport, all critical because of the ever-increasing utilization of biomedical technology. Many students attend medical school because the course curriculum offered by Florida Tech satisfies the entrance requirements of most medical schools.
As stated above, careers in biomedical engineering are centered among the systems, products and instrumentation of the medical industry. While graduates of this program gain expertise in engineering and biology to do these jobs, they also often design computer software to run complicated instruments, such as three-dimensional x-ray machines; use their knowledge of chemistry and biology to develop new drug therapies, and rely on their mathematics and statistics skills to build models to understand the signals transmitted by the brain or heart.
For those interested in pursuing careers in biomedical engineering, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides detailed information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things.
According to the labor bureau, employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow by 62 percent through 2020; this is mostly due to our aging baby-boomer population and their demand for medical devices and procedures to maintain healthy, active lifestyles. Check the handbook for complete information on the many careers in biomedical engineering.
Another excellent source of information about employment choices is available from the Biomedical Engineering Career Alliance. The alliance is a non-profit organization, seeks to facilitate interactions between biomedical engineering/bioengineering programs and industry, connecting biomedical engineering students with prospective employers.
Because careers in biomedical engineering are still relatively new, this field provides an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of not only the work performed, but also in defining the profession itself.
Careers in biomedical engineering include:
- Biomedical Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Product Engineer
- Plant Engineer
- Medical Scientist
- Physician and Surgeon
- Health Care Policy Advisor
- Health Care Consultant
- Clinical Engineer
- Medical Imaging Specialist
- Rehabilitation Engineer
- Systems Physiologist
- Biomechanical Engineer
Entry Level Salary Expectations
Entry-level salary expectations for biomedical engineering careers are reported by PayScale.com to be $54,900 with opportunity to grow to $98,200. PayScale.com is an online salary information company that provides accurate real-time information on job market compensation.
Similar careers that you might consider have the following salaries:
- Materials Science & Engineering: $60,100 - $91,900
- BioTechnology: $41,400 - $82,800
- Mechanical Engineering Technology: $52,900 - $83,400
Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on these and other careers in biomedical engineering.