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A Career in Biomedical Engineering

Can You Picture Yourself in a Career Where You:

  • Use knowledge in biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, mathematics, and engineering to make the world healthier place?
  • Embrace the challenges of working with teams of physicians, scientists, and engineers to monitor, restore, and improve the function of the human body?

If you answered yes to these questions, then perhaps a career in biomedical engineering could be for you. What might you do as a biomedical engineer?

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  • You could work in medical device and pharmaceutical companies, universities, hospitals and government agencies.
  • You might design electrical circuits or computer software for medical instrumentation.
  • You might design artificial organs, joints, blood vessels, or dental implants.
  • You might develop computer models that will allow doctors to interpret results of medical tests, and make better diagnostic decisions.
  • You might design advanced imaging or diagnostic technologies, providing a clearer view of what is happening inside the body.
  • You might use nanotechnology and develop micromachines to repair cell damage and alter gene function.
  • You might develop natural or artificial tissues to repair the body, or to assist the body in repairing itself.
  • You might decide to further your education by attending graduate school or a professional school, such as medical, dental, veterinary, business, or law.

There are few limits to the projects and products you can work with as a biomedical engineer. Your future, as well as the future of improved medical care, will be determined by you.

Check out our student postings on Mytonomy regarding their choice of biomedical engineering as a career. Hannah Kohrs, Aneesh Ramaswamy and Jon Bernhard have posted two helpful videos under "Why Did You Choose This Major?"