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Biomedical Engineers

Biomedical Engineers
Quick Facts : Biomedical Engineers*
2010 Median Pay$81,540
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201215,700
Job Outlook62% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change9,700

Biomedical engineers study possible applications of new materials for use as new body parts. They analyze and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine, with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care.

What Biomedical Engineers Do

  • Design systems and products, such as artificial 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

Work Environment

Biomedical engineers work in manufacturing, universities, hospitals, research facilities of companies and educational and medical institutions, teaching, and government regulatory agencies. They usually work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow by 62 percent from 2010 to 2020, but because it?s a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 9,700 new jobs over the 10-year period.
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The average salary of biomedical engineers in May 2010 was $81,540.
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Becoming a Biomedical Engineers

Biomedical engineers typically need a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from an accredited program to enter the occupation. Alternatively, they can get a bachelor's degree in a different field of engineering and then either get a graduate degree in biomedical engineering or get on-the-job training in biomedical engineering.
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