Biomedical Engineers are vitally important to advancing medical technology. Many Biomedical Engineers are involved in ground breaking research and medical testing. Biomedical Engineers may work in research and development designing new medication delivery methods, they may design new prosthetics, engineer and conduct experiments with diagnostic testing devices and are often involved in the creation and testing of surgical equipment. Some Biomedical Engineers work to install or repair medical equipment and others may work in more theoretical fields which require computer drafting and 3-D designing skills.
New technologies involving stem cells and lab created organs and tissues often are created and cultured under the watchful eye of a Biomedical Engineer. These positions are on the forefront of new medical technologies and offer significant opportunity to be involved in important advances in medicine.
Biomedicine remains a generally small field with little competition within medicine, however many specialized skills are necessary to succeed as a Biomedical Engineer. The ability to work long periods on a single project with intensive focus is a benefit, as Biomedical Engineers often must succeed through much trial and error. Intensive knowledge of chemistry, physics and anatomy is necessary to understand how medical equipment will function on a day to day basis. People skills are also beneficial, as Biomedical Engineers may be tasked to train others on the equipment they create.
Education requirements for Biomedical Engineers are high, with most of the scientists at the forefront of their fields obtaining a Ph.D. Entry level positions are available for individuals with a Bachelors Degree, though specialized training is often necessary and hands on experience is valued. A highly varied curriculum with advanced education in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and anatomy is required and many students find their university years challenging. Often students take on substantial student loan debt to earn a degree in this field. However, students who perform well in school can command high salaries and significant perks after graduation, as this field has grown in demand in recent years.
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