Biomedical engineers combine engineering sciences with medical sciences to design and create medical equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare. The field is exciting and opportunities for advancement are vast. Here are just a few career growth options for biomedical engineers.
Medical device technology is a fast-growing career path for biomedical engineers. Clinical engineers develop new types of medical equipment and work closely with medical facilities to ensure that devices are used safely and effectively in clinical settings. Minimum requirements for clinical engineers typically include a bachelor’s degree and a license; however, it is very common for clinical engineers to hold a master’s degree and many also pursue MBAs or PhDs.
Clinical Trials Managers
Before any new medical device can be approved for use in a clinical setting, it must pass a rigorous oversight process by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That approval process includes clinical trials in which patients volunteer to test devices as part of their treatment or therapy plan.
Biomedical engineers often pursue careers as clinical trials managers who design testing protocols in compliance with FDA regulations and then put those protocols into practice in a clinical study. Clinical trial managers plan for patient enrollment in the trial and then manage the day-to-day operations of the trial, including reporting of adverse events or reactions during the testing period. A bachelor’s degree is required for entry-level roles in clinical trials but managers typically hold advanced degrees and many specialize in one specific area of medical devices.
Biomedical engineering is a “back office” laboratory function; however, many engineers actually pursue careers as medical doctors working with patients directly – specifically, as surgeons. The vast knowledge biomedical engineers gain of bodily systems and functions as well as the technology used in medicine translates well into a surgical career. To become a surgeon, engineers must attend medical school to earn their medical degree, complete a residency and earn their medical license. Most surgeons choose to specialize in one specific area like cardiovascular or orthopedic surgery.
Ready to Advance Your Biomedical Engineering Career?
Biomedical engineers looking for new career opportunities can give their search a boost and give themselves a competitive advantage by working with a recruiter that specializes in the industry. Biomedical engineering is unique, and success depends on a recruiter’s knowledge of the market and their connections with key players and organizations.
- Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
- Medical Devices (Invasive/Non-Invasive) and Equipment Manufacturing
- Cryogenic Machinery Manufacturing
- Scientific Research and Development Services
- Generic Drug Manufacturing, Diagnostic Substance Manufacturing
- Medical and Hospital Equipment and Information Systems
- Electromedical Electrotherapeutic and X-Ray Apparatus Manufacturing
- Electronic and Monitoring Instruments Manufacturing
- Scientific and Technical Instruments Manufacturing
If you are an engineer ready to tackle new challenges and you want to put a true biomedical engineering recruiting expert in your corner, contact PEAK Technical Staffing today.