Biomedical Engineers

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About the Job

Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

It is also Called

  • Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
  • Research Engineer
  • Product Development Director
  • Orthopedic Designer
  • Medical Engineer
  • Genetic Engineer
  • Field Clinical Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Clinical Engineer
  • Bioprocess Engineer
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What They Do

  • Keep documentation of service histories on all biomedical equipment.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance on equipment.
  • Develop new applications for energy sources, such as using nuclear power for biomedical implants.
  • Advise hospital administrators on the planning, acquisition, and use of medical equipment.
  • Analyze new medical procedures to forecast likely outcomes.
  • Conduct training or in-services to educate clinicians and other personnel on proper use of equipment.
  • Install, adjust, maintain, repair, or provide technical support for biomedical equipment.
  • Advise and assist in the application of instrumentation in clinical environments.
  • Write documents describing protocols, policies, standards for use, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment.
  • Research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Achievement and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Preparation Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $97,990 with most people making between $51,830 and $151,140

Outlook

4.11%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 5,600 people in California. It is projected that there will be 7,900 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 230 openings due to growth and about 150 replacement openings for approximately 380 total annual openings.