how do i know if biomedical engineering is good for me?
I like biology, technology, learning about the human body, saving lives, and research.
I don't like math but I can tolerate it a little bit.
hopefully one day i will choose a major that includes all of my interests.
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Think about this: if you choose a job in the biomedical engineering, you will spend a major part of your time doing this. So can you
- work 8+ hours a day, 5+ days a week doing this?
- work in this domain with time constraints?
- accept to finish an activity even if not perfect?
- accept that your ideas be implemented by someone else (even if they remain your idea)?
- having your day to day activity not controlled by you but the needs of the moment?
- like what you are doing?
If you can answer yes to all of them, then it is something you can make a career about. I love video games, but that is definitely not something I would have liked to work as a developer. Really. I did end up being a Software Engineer because I can say yes to all questions above, but not for games.
I hope that helps.
You may not like math, but you will have to live with it, not only in your work, but in your daily life in general.
My recommendation is to look for someone you know who already works in the area and visit (schedule an interview or meeting with), or visit a school hospital, where research is done in this area, or even a university where you can talk to some teachers / professors.
The fields of work in biomedical engineering are very wide and you can enjoy and work in many of them, even living with a little mathematics.
But, I tell you that with software or programming, coexistence will be inevitable.
Biomedical engineering as the name suggests, requires you to be good at both, science and math. There is lot of math involved in engineering field. If you don't like math then see the number of math classes required for this major and then see if that's something you can tolerate or get through. Perhaps, medicine or bio-science may be a better option. Due to restrictions on opposite gender interaction and doctor/patient treatment availability, doing medicine may give you a leg up in that society.
But if you still wondering Is Biomedical Engineering Right For Me, then have a read here:
Biomedical engineering, being a "newer" engineering discipline compared to others, emerged historically from chemical engineering. A lot of engineers in the workplace have different disciplines but can end up working for companies emphasizing other disciplines (i.e. A Mechanical Engineering major can work for a Chemical Engineering / Biomedical Engineering company). Your major does NOT solely dictate what company you can work for.
Engineering, regardless of specialty, requires science, math, critical thinking, and problem-solving. I almost got a Math minor in college with the number of math classes I had to take just to get my Engineering degree.
Being a female in engineering, I would also be prepared for the inevitable scenarios of being one of few women in your classes. This was never a hindrance for me, but being aware that this is the reality as more and more women are emerging in STEM courses takes the shock out of it. In the workplace, I am fortunate enough to work alongside plenty of women and still in a diverse workplace, so pushing through the coursework in college will get you to the other side of the industry ready to hit the ground running in any work environment.
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