as someone interested in entering the biotech industry. Would it be smarter to get a general engineering degree or a biomedical engineering degree?
From what I understand Biomedical engineering degrees can become very limiting, especially when there are fewer jobs available in the biomedical industry and landscape. So, would it be smarter to start of a little more broad with a traditional engineering degree (i.e. mechanical, electrical, chemical). #engineering #future #Bio #biomedical
Yes, it would be smarter to stay more general. As someone in the biotech industry with a 'general engineering degree' (mechanical), I would highly recommend that you also choose mechanical. If you choose biomedical, you will limit the options available to you. With mechanical, it is so broad that you can end up getting involved in all kinds of fields.
For instance, it is possible that one day you identify a city you want to move to, find a mechanical engineering job there temporarily, and then switch to biomedical. This will be much more difficult to do if you directly major in biomedical.
Additionally, I can tell you that many of the things in biotech are mechanically oriented (think of any medical device tool), so if you have the mechanical understanding then you will be in a good position.
Best of luck!
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If you haven't really decide which industry or just want to be flexible, you may get the general engineering degree and take a few additional Biology and Chemistry related classed to prepare yourself for additional challenges.
I would agree with the answers provided here. It all depends on what you're interested in pursuing, not just as a major, but also as a career path. I work in the Biotech industry, and we have employees with various engineering backgrounds, ranging from Agricultural to Industrial. I My advice would be to take a few general engineering classes and if possible, some lower level field-specific classes to find out what you would be interested in pursuing in the long run. Either way, as an engineer, you could work on becoming an SME (Subject Matter Expert) in the area of your choosing. I don't believe that there is a "wrong" decision to be made here, but it's more of a question of what would be in alignment with your long-term career goals!
This is an interesting question; I've actually heard the opposite. It's better to go into a major that is more specialized-- but that's only if you want to pursue a career in said major of course. Additionally, as a biomedical engineering major, you are taking the same math courses as a traditional engineer. The main difference is that you will be required to either take the biology-version of that math course (for example you would take biostatistics instead of regular statistics) and a majority of your electives will be in human biology/medicine. Although I am not an engineering major, I think taking on a biomedical engineering degree is a wonderful idea! I have a friend who is a biomedical engineering major on the route to medical school-- this major isn't career-limiting in the slightest!
I work for a med-tech company in R&D. Really I think both are beneficial, but it depends on what you're interested in. Biomedical engineering is a good career path, and I know plenty of peers who have a B.S. in it. Sometimes they have to catch up on some topics though, such as mechanical properties or design and modeling.
It is a great path if you are interested in wet labs, such as tissue testing or wanting to specialize in working with the body/organic materials. I have also heard it really looks into the micro level or cells and such.
I took the path of Mechanical Engineering with a focus on medical applications myself and have felt it was the right choice. There are aspects on the micro level that I am missing, but overall for me the M.E. degree gave me freedom to choose a focus and specialize once I found where I wanted to go.