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What job can I get with a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering?

I recently earned my degree and want to know what kind of work I will be doing #engineering #engineer #biomedical-engineering #job #science #biology #medicine #career #biomedical


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Michael’s Answer

Follow your interests! Engineering degrees are useful in most industries because of how applicable the problem solving you learn during your degree is. I have a sister who got BS in Biomedical Engineering that went on to become a consultant and is now starting business school. I myself got a BS in Industrial Engineering and now do data analytics for a big four accounting firm.

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Ramniklal’s Answer

Shannon,

As indicated by others, the majority of the opportunities are in the Healthcare/Medical industry with artificial organs/limbs and new robotic equipment for minimal invasive surgery.

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I hope this helps.

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Yana’s Answer

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I see folks before me have mentioned big med device companies. In addition to those, there are many start up (smaller) companies in the med device space space. These companies can be over looked by younger individuals because the pay/benefits may not seem as good as what larger more established companies can offer but with a small company the experience you get is impossible to match at larger companies. When you are one of five or ten engineers in the whole company the diversity of projects and experiences can be incredibly valuable for your development as an engineer.

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Lama’s Answer

-Maintenace engineer, procurement officer, or sales engineer at Medical devices companies such as: Siemens, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Medtronic..., etc.

- Clinical Engineer at Hospitals.

- Tendering Engineer at Ministry of Health.

- Quality Engineer at Medical devices and industries factories.


- Marketing officer at Radiology diagnostic clinic.


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Pam’s Answer

Hi Shannon,

The great thing about a Biomedical Engineering degree is its versatility. Your options are wide open. My advice for you is to think about why you chose Biomedical Engineering in the first place. What motivated you to choose it can steer you toward a career path.

I work for a medical device manufacturer. Positions I have filled in the past with Biomedical Engineers include:

(Manufacturing Operations and/or R&D)
Product Engineer
Process Engineer
Test Engineer
Product Analysis Engineer
Failure Analysis Engineer
Manufacturing Engineer
Software Engineer
Reliability Engineer
Quality Engineer

(Supply Chain)
Technical Sourcing Specialist
Sourcing Continuity Engineer

Good luck with your search.

Pam

Pam recommends the following next steps:

Don't be afraid to apply to jobs that don't specifically ask for someone with a Biomedical Engineering degree

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Sara’s Answer

What I didn't realize when I decided to major in Biomedical Engineering was how many different options I would have just within the Medical Device field! As a BME, there are two general routes*:

1. RESEARCH / ACADEMIA: Here, you have your hardcore biology lovers who are obsessed with everything Biomed related, from protein structures to biomechanics. They also love data analysis (but really, what engineer doesn't??)

2. HEALTHCARE / BIOTECH INDUSTRY: This is for engineers (like me) who are interested in 1 or more of the following: developing technology, design, manufacturing, quality engineering, product development and testing, etc.

*Obviously you can veer off of this track at anytime. Just because you major in BME, doesn't mean you can't get a job as a mechanical engineer and vice versa!

If you think you're interesting, you can search for job descriptions at most biotech companies under these titles:
R&D Engineer
Test Engineer
Quality Engineer
Design Engineer
SW or HW Engineer (if you have the skills)

There are also options for engineering degrees to go into Sales and Project Management!


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Adam’s Answer

Hi Shannon,

The work you will be doing depends on where you decide to work, but generally speaking you will be collaborating with regulatory, quality engineers, manufacturing engineers, design engineers and development engineers (which you will be one of) to create medical devices. The medical industry is a highly regulated environment that has a lot of documentation involved. Generally you will be focused on the product development, verification and validation, but can support engineering changes to existing products.

Here is a list of some big companies you can explore:

Zimmer-Biomet
Stryker
Medtronic
Johnson & Johnson

A lot of companies go through remediation from time to time, so as a new employee you might be put on remediation work initially.

Adam recommends the following next steps:

Research what type of medical device companies are near you.
Research what type of medical devices interest you.

To be more specific, candidates with a BS in Biomedical Engineering have multiple different positions they could fit into at these companies. For example, at Medtronic, I find most candidates with a background similar to you go into a Biomedical Engineer I or an R&D Engineer I position. Kelsey Clyborne

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Feren’s Answer

You can work for almost any Pharmaceutical or Medical Device company. I work at Thermo Fisher and I have a background in Biomedical Engineering. Keep in mind that there are more jobs than just "Biomedical Engineer" that do Biomedical Engineering, such as Quality Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, and Validation Engineers within Biomedical companies.

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Pam’s Answer

Hi Shannon,

The great thing about a Biomedical Engineering degree is its versatility. Your options are wide open. My advice for you is to think about why you chose Biomedical Engineering in the first place. What motivated you to choose it can steer you toward a career path.

I work for a medical device manufacturer. Positions I have filled in the past with Biomedical Engineers include:

(Manufacturing Operations and/or R&D)
Product Engineer
Process Engineer
Test Engineer
Product Analysis Engineer
Failure Analysis Engineer
Manufacturing Engineer
Software Engineer
Reliability Engineer
Quality Engineer

(Supply Chain)
Technical Sourcing Specialist
Sourcing Continuity Engineer

Good luck with your search.

Pam

Pam recommends the following next steps:

Don't be afraid to apply to jobs that don't specifically ask for someone with a Biomedical Engineering degree

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Richard’s Answer

Software and hardware engineering
Medical device industry
Innovative design and development
Research and development
Manufacturing
Equipment testing and servicing
Clinical patient evaluation
Technical documentation

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Sean’s Answer

I know biomed engineers who have worked in design engineering, manufacturing engineering, and quality engineering. There are also positions as regulatory specialists, reliability engineers, and medical device reporting specialist positions

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