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A biomedical engineer uses traditional engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine, providing an overall enhancement of health care. Students choose the biomedical engineering field to be of service to people, to partake of the excitement of working with living systems, and to apply advanced technology to the complex problems of medical care. The biomedical engineer works with other health care professionals including physicians, nurses, therapists, and technicians. Biomedical engineers may be called upon in a wide range of capacities: to design instruments, devices, and software; to bring together knowledge from many technical sources to develop new procedures; or to conduct research needed to solve clinical problems.
Biomedical engineers are employed in universities, hospitals, and the research facilities of educational and medical institutions. Biomedical engineers may work alone or as part of a team along with other engineers; medical and administrative personnel; and life, social, and physical scientists.
Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be strong because an aging population is likely to need more medical care and because of increased public awareness of biomedical engineering advances and their benefits.
Most biomedical engineers hold bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering; however others choose mechanical, electrical, or chemical engineering with a specialty in biomedical engineering. A master’s or doctoral degree is often required.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
4301 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 301
Arlington, VA 22203
Biomedical Engineering Society
8201 Corporate Drive, Suite 1125
Landover, MD 20785