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How do you know if you want to be a biomedical engineer?

I am currently in high school and am thinking about majors that I would like to study. Biomedical engineering sounds interesting, but I am not sure if that major would be the best fit for me. #medical-practice #engineering #biomedical-engineering


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Rebecca’s Answer

I would recommend exploring Med Device industry, researching med-tech trends, and following medical device companies through Linkedin. Also, look at colleges who have Biomedical Engineering majors and reviewing their course curriculum will give you an idea of the types of classes you would take if you were to pursue that major. I'll echo a comment from from the last response to look up Earl Bakken online; he invented the pacemaker and was a leading pioneer of the Med-tech industry.

Another thing to keep in mind is you may not need a biomedical engineering degree to get an engineering job at a Medical Device company. I personally graduated with a materials engineering degree and worked in the sporting equipment industry for 3 years as a manufacturing and quality engineer, and have worked in the Medical device for 5 years as a supplier quality engineer. Also, I have many colleagues who have biomedical engineering degrees who work as quality engineers, design engineers, reliability engineers, or regulatory affairs specialist, so there are many career options within the Med Tech Industry with that major as well. Hope this helps!

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Tanner’s Answer

I have a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and I think this major is too broad. You will learn a lot of different topics but not in great depth. I would think a minor in Biomedical engineering would be a good choice tho.

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PAUL’s Answer

Im not sure how anyone really know when they want to be anything other than intrest. some are interwsted in space and want to be an astronaut, some want to help people and become DR or Nurse. Some look at pay and decide based off income to be had. think Of all the hospitals in your area or the US if your willing to travel. Each hospital can have as few as 4 Biomeds or big hospitals might have 10 or more with some being working managers or lead Biomeds.

the answer lies within you .... biomedical engineer is a person who repairs medical Equipment. Very sick people and nurses depend on you to do a good job, be detail oriented, have integrity even when no one is watching.

There are plenty of bad biomeds in hospitals but if you can be passionate about repair and maintenance of much needed equipment instead of counting the minutes till lunch and be depended on to do a good job correctly then you will move up in this field eventually. There is lots of equipment to cover and they are always looking for good men to send to school on specialty areas like Dialysis,radiology, surgical equipment ... hope this helps


I can add that bio med engineers also design very cool medical device products, and that the largest medical device company today was started by a bio med engineer. His name was Earl Bakken. Look him up on the internet and see his early work around the pace maker and how much impact he and his company, Medtronic, have made around the world since the early days. Mike Weislik

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