Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical engineers are professionals whose have a background in biology medicine and engineering. They apply their expertise in these areas to solving medical problems by developing health care materials and products. Biomedical engineers conduct research with the goal of designing medical devices such as artificial organs and limbs. In addition they have been involved in the design of imaging systems such as magnetic resonance imagery (MRI) as well as devices for automating insulin injections. Also they have played a role in developing medical information and health management systems.

According to the website job prospects for biomedical engineers should grow at a faster than average rate mainly because the population is aging so there is greater need for improved and affordable medical equipment and more efficient medical procedures. Biomedical engineers need at last a bachelor's degree which qualifies them for entry-level positions such as sales jobs in pharmaceutical firms or companies that manufactures medical devices or for entry level positions managing equipment in hospitals and health care facilities. However those with masters or doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering have more job opportunities and better prospects for advancement.

According to the website there is no firm certification requirement for biomedical engineers. However earning a certification from the Board of Examiners for Biomedical Equipment Technicians in an area such as radiology equipment is valuable as a testament to a biomedical engineer's expertise in that area. Earnings for biomedical engineers depend on education experience and employer.

The website states that the average annual salary for biomedical engineers in the United States is approximately $80000. However those who work on developing and manufacturing medical equipment usually earn approximately $93000 a year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $86500
High Salary: $93000
Low Salary: $80000
Tasks: Creates new medical equipment.
Works to advance medical machinery.
Modifies equipment for individual medical patients.
Trains medical and clinical staff members.
Also Called: Biomedical Researcher
Biomedical Designer
Clinical Engineer
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