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Biomedical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering or bioengineering from an accredited program in order to enter the occupation. Alternatively, they can get a bachelor’s degree in a different field of engineering and then either choose biological science electives or get a graduate degree in biomedical engineering.Education
Prospective biomedical engineering or bioengineering students should take high school science courses, such as chemistry, physics, and biology. They should also take math courses, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting or mechanical drawing and in computer programming are also useful.
Bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical engineering and bioengineering focus on engineering and biological sciences. Programs include laboratory-based courses, in addition to classroom-based courses, in subjects such as fluid and solid mechanics, computer programming, circuit design, and biomaterials. Other required courses may include biological sciences, such as physiology.
Accredited programs also include substantial training in engineering design. Many programs include co-ops or internships, often with hospitals and medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, to provide students with practical applications as part of their study. Biomedical engineering and bioengineering programs are accredited by ABET.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Biomedical engineers must be able to analyze the needs of patients and customers to design appropriate solutions.
Communication skills. Because biomedical engineers sometimes work with patients and frequently work on teams, they must be able to express themselves clearly. They must seek others’ ideas and incorporate those ideas into the problem-solving process.
Creativity. Biomedical engineers must be creative to come up with innovative and integrative advances in healthcare equipment and devices.
Math skills. Biomedical engineers use the principles of calculus and other advanced topics in mathematics, as well as statistics, for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.
Problem-solving skills. Biomedical engineers typically deal with and solve problems in complex biological systems.Advancement
Biomedical engineers typically receive greater responsibility through experience and more education. To lead a research team, a biomedical engineer generally needs a graduate degree. Some biomedical engineers attend medical or dental school to specialize in applications at the forefront of patient care, such as using electric impulses in new ways to get muscles moving again. Some earn law degrees and work as patent attorneys. Others pursue a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and move into managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on lawyers and architectural and engineering managers.
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University of Connecticut12.0%
Community College of the Air Force9.3%
University of Phoenix8.0%
Wayne State University5.3%
Johns Hopkins University5.3%
Texas A&M University5.3%
Case Western Reserve University5.3%
University of Rochester4.0%
Thomas Edison State University4.0%
University of Missouri - Columbia4.0%
University of Utah4.0%
New Jersey Institute of Technology4.0%
American InterContinental University4.0%
Gateway Community College4.0%
Michigan Technological University2.7%
Harvey Mudd College2.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Field Clinical Engineer||Sunshine Heart, Inc.||Eden Prairie, MN||Jan 01, 2016||$313,050|
|Director of Clinical Engineering||Sunshine Heart, Inc.||Eden Prairie, MN||Apr 30, 2012||$150,000 -
|Associate Clinical Engineer||Renovo Solutions LLC||Irvine, CA||Oct 20, 2016||$118,500|
|Manager, Clinical Engineering||Umass Memorial Medical Center, Inc.||Worcester, MA||Jan 03, 2014||$113,318|
|Clinical Engineer||UCSF Medical Center||San Francisco, CA||Jan 05, 2015||$110,006 -
|Senior Clinical Engineer||KJWW, P.C.||Naperville, IL||Nov 01, 2014||$110,000|
|Field Clinical Engineer||Medtronic, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Jul 01, 2016||$106,933|
|Field Clinical Engineer||St. Jude Medical, Inc.||Selma, CA||Jan 29, 2016||$106,641|
|Field Clinical Engineer||St. Jude Medical, Inc.||Selma, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$106,641|
|Field Clinical Engineer||St. Jude Medical S.C., Inc.||Austin, TX||Sep 30, 2011||$105,651|
|Field Clinical Engineer||St. Jude Medical S.C., Inc.||Austin, TX||Sep 30, 2010||$105,651|
|Clinical Engineer||General Hospital Corporation||Boston, MA||Oct 23, 2015||$92,227|
|Clinical Engineer-Systems Lead||General Hospital Corporation||Boston, MA||Oct 23, 2015||$92,227|
|Clinical Engineer (Systems Lead)||Massachusetts General Hospital||Boston, MA||Oct 13, 2015||$92,227|
|Clinical Content Engineer||QPID, Inc.||Boston, MA||Mar 10, 2015||$90,304|
|Clinical Engineer||Renovo Solutions LLC||Santa Ana, CA||May 08, 2015||$90,000|
|Manager, Clinical Engineering||The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center||Houston, TX||Mar 22, 2016||$88,000|
|Clinical Engineer||COHR Inc.||Omaha, NE||Feb 01, 2011||$79,992|
|Field Clinical Engineer II||Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.||Selma, CA||Apr 16, 2013||$79,310|
|Senior Clinical Engineer||Massachusetts General Hospital||Boston, MA||Dec 27, 2016||$79,000|
|Clinical Engineer||KJWW, P.C.||Naperville, IL||May 14, 2010||$79,000|
|Engineer-Clinical Chemistry||Abbott Laboratories||Irving, TX||Sep 21, 2010||$78,645|
|Clinical Engineer||Embtel, Inc.||Austin, TX||Apr 25, 2012||$78,367|
|Clinical Engineer||Renovo Solutions LLC||New Haven, CT||May 08, 2012||$78,283|
|Clinical Engineer||Embtel, Inc.||Austin, TX||Apr 25, 2012||$78,104|
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