Biomedical Engineer  What They Do

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Biomedical Engineers Career Video

Applies knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Biotechnology Research and Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Designs and develops medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and biobehavioral sciences.
  • Conducts research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals.
  • Manages teams of engineers by creating schedules, tracking inventory, creating and using budgets, and overseeing contract obligations and deadlines.
  • Adapts or designs computer hardware or software for medical science uses.
  • Evaluates the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
  • Teaches biomedical engineering or disseminates knowledge about the field through writing or consulting.
  • Develops models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes.
  • Diagnoses and interprets bioelectric data, using signal processing techniques.
  • Designs and delivers technology to assist people with disabilities.
  • Researches new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Biomedical Engineering Director --
  • Biomedical Engineering Technician --
  • Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) --
  • Biomedical Manager --
  • Biomedical Technician --
  • Engineer --
  • Product Development Director --
  • Research Engineer -- Independently evaluates, selects and applies standardized scientific or engineering procedures and techniques to area of specialization.