Biomedical Engineering Degree Careers

Biomedical engineering degrees lead to a very wide range of job options. This is a rapidly expanding field of engineering, and can involve a large number of specializations. The combination of qualifications in biology, medicine and engineering doesn't make the job choices any easier. It also takes time to develop your skills with this degree. This is an area where technology and new science are acting as employers, creating a demand for people and opening up new opportunities on an almost daily basis.

Types of Biomedical Engineering Jobs

  • Research: At Masters level and above, this is one of the major employment zones, where your skills and interests can get a good workout. Research work is a particularly important part of career development in biomedical engineering roles, and can be a major career asset. Research covers all streams of the profession, and you'll be able to find a niche in some part of this huge mass of science which will match your talents. This is also fascinating work, and you'll find that working on the new science is as interesting as it is.
  • Biomaterials: This area includes some very important commercial and scientific areas, like biomaterial manufacturing, product development, materials handling, tissue work, and other vital areas of the industry. It's valuable as a career tool in terms of experience in core business. Biomaterials has a direct relationship to the development of new products, including stem cell and genetic techniques which are transforming medicine.
  • Devices: Another major commercial area, and important in career terms for the same reason as biomaterials, the development, design, and technology in devices are critical elements in the industry. Prostheses, medical systems, life support and bodily function controls and other major hardware are involved in this area.  This is commercial technology, and the pay scale and career options are based on a multi billion dollar industry. This area may also require electronics engineering skills and related qualifications and training.
  • Imaging: This is an entire class of systems and technology which often involves career specialization. MRI and other systems are becoming universal in health care, allowing for much better diagnoses and more accurate modeling of medical situations. Some of the sub-genres of imaging, like 3D modeling, and imaging systems used in robot surgery and remote surgery are directly linked into these systems. Biomedical engineering is at the forefront of developing these techniques and their supporting technology.
  • Genetics and cell technology: This is a large area of science which is now translating into direct commercial, as well as medical, applications. The amount of engineering work which has had to be done to develop these new fields is usually overlooked, but the fact is that the technology has had to match the science, and a raft of new patents. As a result, there are large number of new biomedical engineering designs. This an "emerging" field which will have to continue emerging for a very long time as new techniques are developed. This is also one of the most challenging of all areas in the profession, requiring both biomedical and engineering skills.