Healthcare & Medical
Biomedical engineers analyse and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine, with the goal of improving patient care.
What does a Biomedical Engineer do?
Biomedical engineers analyse and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine, with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care.
As a biomedical engineer, you would:
- conduct research, along with biologists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals
- design and develop medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and bio-behavioural sciences
- teach biomedical engineering or disseminate knowledge through writing or consulting
- research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs
- develop models or computer simulations of human bio-behavioural systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes
- adapt or design computer hardware or software for medical science uses.
Key skills and interests
To become a biomedical engineer, you would need:
- an interest in the application of scientific rules and methods
- good communication skills
- the ability to observe and take accurate measurements
- patience and imagination
- aptitude for design
- analytical and problem-solving skills.
Working hours and conditions
They usually work full time.
Biomedical engineers work in manufacturing, universities, hospitals, research facilities of companies and educational and medical institutions, and government regulatory agencies.
How to become an Biomedical Engineer?
Entry Level Education
To become a biomedical engineer you usually have to complete an engineering degree at university with a major in biomedical engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, chemistry and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia.
Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Biomedical engineers will likely see more demand for their services because of the breadth of activities they engage in, made possible by the diverse nature of their training.
As the aging baby-boom generation lives longer and stays active, they are expected to increase the demand for biomedical devices and procedures, such as hip and knee replacements. In addition, as the public has become aware of medical advances, increasing numbers of people are seeking biomedical solutions to health problems for themselves from their physicians.
Biomedical engineers work with medical scientists, other medical researchers, and manufacturers to address a wide range of injuries and physical disabilities. Their ability to work in different activities with other professionals is enlarging the range of applications for biomedical engineering products and services, particularly in healthcare. However, this is still a relatively small occupation.