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Biomedical Engineering

Newsweek cites the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, and states that biomedical engineering is ranked in the top of the 20 occupations with the fastest growth.

Biomedical Engineering is and will continue to be a hot area for employment as new challenges in areas such as defense, medical device equipment, pharmaceutical drugs and tissue regeneration and reconstruction. Biomedical Engineering spans a broad array of subfields such as biomaterials, biomechanics, bionics, genetic engineering, bio-nanotechnology and the list goes on as new areas break off to address new problems that need to be solved for the economy, the environment and mankind.

One of the biggest challenges for Biomedical engineers is creating effective, inexpensive medical equipment for the aging population. As the government looks for ways to cut back on rising health care costs, biomedical engineers have a great opportunity to improve and create cost effective medical processes and supplies for orthopedics and rehabilitative medicine.

Biomedical Engineering Job Outlook and Salary


Hence, Biomedical Engineers, depending on their expertise or place of employment, can expect a salary between $ 57,000 to $95,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 21 percent growth for biomedical engineers. Most of the biomedical engineers at the higher pay scale hold a masters degree.

An example of what you could be doing as an biomedical engineering student and in this case as an employed biomedical engineer is seen at Bucknell University.  Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering Joseph Tranquillo asked the students in the his class to develop devices that incorporated the theory and practical uses of biomedical signals and systems. The students were to define a problem on their own and come up with a solution.  Other class projects included a prototype for an automatic insulin pump that turns on when needed rather than manually; a device to simulate the effects of varying red blood cell counts and measure how the body reacts to those variations; and a mechanism to monitor how the body over time learns to react to nicotine from cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco.

This is a perfect example of how biomedical engineering involves all the sciences and actually breaks down a big problem and helps with a focused medical solution.  

Schools listed on this page have biomedical engineering degree programs.  Check them out and request information to find the best program for you.

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