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Working As A Medical Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Engineer Do

Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare.

Duties

Biomedical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design equipment and devices, such as artificial internal organs, replacements for body parts, and machines for diagnosing medical problems
  • Install, adjust, maintain, repair, or provide technical support for biomedical equipment
  • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment
  • Train clinicians and other personnel on the proper use of equipment
  • Work with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists to research the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals
  • Prepare procedures, write technical reports, publish research papers, and make recommendations based on their research findings
  • Present research findings to scientists, nonscientist executives, clinicians, hospital management, engineers, other colleagues, and the public

Biomedical engineers design instruments, devices, and software used in healthcare; bring together knowledge from many technical sources to develop new procedures; or conduct research needed to solve clinical problems.

They often serve a coordinating function, using their background in both engineering and medicine. For example, they may create products for which an indepth understanding of living systems and technology is essential. They frequently work in research and development or in quality assurance.

Biomedical engineers design electrical circuits, software to run medical equipment, or computer simulations to test new drug therapies. In addition, they design and build artificial body parts, such as hip and knee joints. In some cases, they develop the materials needed to make the replacement body parts. They also design rehabilitative exercise equipment.

The work of these engineers spans many professional fields. For example, although their expertise is based in engineering and biology, they often design computer software to run complicated instruments, such as three-dimensional x-ray machines. Alternatively, many of these engineers use their knowledge of chemistry and biology to develop new drug therapies. Others draw heavily on mathematics and statistics to build models to understand the signals transmitted by the brain or heart.

The following are examples of specialty areas within the field of biomedical engineering:

Bioinstrumentation uses electronics, computer science, and measurement principles to develop devices used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Biomaterials is the study of naturally occurring or laboratory-designed materials that are used in medical devices or as implantation materials.

Biomechanics involves the study of mechanics, such as thermodynamics, to solve biological or medical problems.

Clinical engineering applies medical technology to optimize healthcare delivery.

Rehabilitation engineering is the study of engineering and computer science to develop devices that assist individuals with physical and cognitive impairments.

Systems physiology uses engineering tools to understand how systems within living organisms, from bacteria to humans, function and respond to changes in their environment.

Some people with training in biomedical engineering become professors. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

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How To Become A Medical Engineer

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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Medical Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

64.8%

Female

18.6%

Unknown

16.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.4%

Asian

15.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Black or African American

8.4%

Unknown

7.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Hindi

22.2%

Spanish

22.2%

German

11.1%

French

11.1%

Gujarati

11.1%

Persian

11.1%

Thai

11.1%
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Medical Engineer Education

Schools

University of Cincinnati

11.1%

University of Phoenix

8.3%

More Tech Institute

8.3%

University of Dayton

5.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.6%

Excelsior College

5.6%

Ohio State University

5.6%

Drexel University

5.6%

Schoolcraft College

5.6%

New England Institute of Technology

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

5.6%

Eastern Michigan University

2.8%

Lakeland College

2.8%

Adelphi University

2.8%

Texas A&M University

2.8%

University of North Texas

2.8%

Northeastern State University

2.8%

Community College of Allegheny County

2.8%

Indiana Institute of Technology

2.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

24.3%

Biomedical Engineering

17.5%

Business

12.6%

Engineering

11.7%

Mechanical Engineering

5.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

2.9%

Biology

2.9%

Management

1.9%

Photography

1.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.9%

Chemical Engineering

1.9%

Chemistry

1.9%

Nursing

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Systems Engineering

1.0%

International Business

1.0%

Engineering Technology

1.0%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.8%

Masters

20.7%

Other

20.0%

Associate

11.9%

Doctorate

5.2%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

3.0%
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$60,000
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does a Medical Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Medical Engineer in the United States is $86,715 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $124,000.

Real Medical Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
BIO Medical Engineer Manager Soma Technology, Inc. Bloomfield, CT Oct 01, 2010 $130,000
Mr/Ct Medical Engineer Oxford Instruments Service, LLC Deerfield Beach, FL Oct 01, 2012 $90,000
BIO Medical Engineer Triple Ring Technologies, Inc. Newark, CA Sep 01, 2012 $78,300
Bio-Medical Engineer Bio-Medical Services, Inc. Ontario, CA Sep 14, 2016 $72,196
Supplier Engineer-Medical Mack Molding Company Arlington, VT Jul 04, 2016 $67,600
BIO Medical Engineer (LAB Validation) Revereit LLC CO Oct 07, 2009 $67,038
Medical Engineer Infinitt North America Inc. Phillipsburg, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $65,000
BIO Medical Engineer Softsense Solutions LLC CA Nov 09, 2016 $63,773
BIO Medical Engineer (LAB Validation) Revereit LLC Peapack and Gladstone, NJ Sep 01, 2010 $63,340
Bio-Medical Engineer (Quality Assurance) Revereit LLC Thousand Oaks, CA Sep 01, 2011 $63,173
BIO Medical Engineer Soma Technology, Inc. Bloomfield, CT Oct 01, 2010 $58,115

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Top Skills for A Medical Engineer

  1. Safety Protocols
  2. Ultrasound
  3. Hospital Staff
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop and enforce safety protocols and procedures.
  • Project management of Imaging / Ultrasound and Bio-Med equipment acquisition and installation.
  • Worked with Doctors, Hospital Staff, Office Manager and Physicians.
  • Maintained documentation on new equipment.
  • Have provided MRI and CT image segmentations, pre-surgery plannings using specific software, modeling of 3D patient anatomical model guides.

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Top 10 Best States for Medical Engineers

  1. Connecticut
  2. Minnesota
  3. Maryland
  4. Arizona
  5. Nevada
  6. Texas
  7. California
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Alaska
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