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Careers in biomedical engineering

Careers in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering — engineering with a sensitive touch, is one of the disciplines in engineering that trains you to combine your knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices for solutions to medical and health related problems.

Varied sub-specialties of biomedical engineering provide you great scope to tap your potential in your chosen area of interest. The key areas of Biomedical Engineering are: Bioinformatics, BioMEMS (Microelectromechanical systems), Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Biosignal Processing, Biotechnology, Clinical Engineering, Genomics, Imaging and Image Processing, Information Technology, Instrumentation, Sensors, and Measurement, Micro and Nanotechnology, Neural Systems and Engineering, Physiological Systems and Modeling, Proteomics, Radiology, Robotics in Surgery, and Telemedicine.

To pursue a career in biomedical engineering, you require a minimum of four years of university education. You may assume an entry level engineering position in a medical device or pharmaceutical company, a sales position for biomaterials and biotechnological company, or a clinical engineering position in a hospital setting. Post graduation in biomedical engineering offers more rewarding opportunities in research and development for any industrial, academic, or government setting. Some biomedical engineering students may decide to enter medical or dental school after earning their Bachelor’s degree. You may even work as a patent lawyer to protect intellectual property rights for biomedical inventions.

Biomedical engineers’ job profile may include work to improve equipment, such as heart valves and artificial limbs as well as contribute to develop various medical devices such as heart pacemakers. They may research with scientists, chemists, and physicians in hospitals and universities. They also help maintain and monitor complex medical systems while working in hospitals.

Biomedical engineering has a bright future in India and abroad with diverse spheres offering employment to the qualified biomedical engineers. Moreover, the changing health care scenario with state-of-the-art infrastructure has led to the increase in demand for biomedical engineers.

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