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How to Become a Biomedical Engineer

Charlie S
This story aims at explaining the process of becoming a biomedical engineer by stating the qualifications and abilities required for this job.
The field of healthcare is growing at a very fast pace. This pace is projected to remain the same in the upcoming years, due to the growing need of healthcare facilities for the ever-growing population.

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Thus, the need for inventions in the medical field is huge, and the work of biomedical engineers is to use their knowledge in the field of engineering, as well as medicine to create and design devices and procedures useful for healthcare.
Biomedical inventions have found place in all kinds of hospitals, and the world needs more of them to provide better service to patients affected with different ailments. Hi-tech equipment such as X rays, CT scans, sonography machines, ultrasound, etc., are major inventions, which are being used extensively.

Becoming a Biomedical Engineer

  • In order to enter this field, you need to study subjects such as geometry, basic and advanced algebra, trigonometry, and also calculus in high school.
  • Scoring well in these courses is essential, as it proves your logical thinking, mathematical, and spatial abilities.
  • At the same time, if you have taken courses in subjects such as life sciences and basic computer courses, you will be able to secure admissions in reputed schools.
  • Then, you need to appear for an entrance test, and clear it to get a seat in a college of your choice.
  • In order to get a great placement, it is necessary that you choose a college or university that has a good reputation in the market.
  • Also, while choosing it, ensure that the degree or course is recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
  • After you complete your engineering program in this field, you need to pass the exam, Fundamentals of Engineering and Principles and Practice of Engineering, to get a license to practice.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, hardworking nature, and a keen interest towards learning new techniques and technologies in the field of healthcare are also essential requirements.

Salary Details

  • Their pay scale largely depends on their experience, the kind of employer, educational qualifications, location of job licenses, certifications, and designation at the workplace.
  • Biomedical engineers established in their profession can expect to earn between USD 47,000 and USD 64,000 per year.
  • Those who work in the development and manufacturing sectors can earn between USD 80,000 and USD 90,000 per year.
  • There is a great difference in the salaries of those with a Bachelor's and a Master's degree, with the latter making USD 10,000 to USD 15,000 extra, every year.
  • Those working in hospitals can earn between USD 50,000 and USD 65,000 per year, while those employed with other companies can earn around USD 55,000 to USD 70,000 in the same period.
  • With an experience of more than fifteen years, you can earn even up to USD 100,000 in this career.