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Biomedical Engineering Opportunities and Career Path

Khalid Elezabi

Biomedical science courses and Biomedical Engineering programs have been a hot interest for many students nowadays. It mainly combines both medicine and engineering concepts in order to be applied to develop and enhance purposes of healthcare in general.

It is worth to mention that biomedical engineering include a number of interdisciplinary areas, some of which are discussed in the article.

@ UC Davis College of Engineering

Bio-mechanics:

It studies the mechanical perspective regarding the function or the structures of bio-systems. For example, body dynamics, tissues and implants.

Bioinformatics:

In order to analyze the data collected from biological systems we need to develop specialized software and hardware tools to achieve a better understanding of these systems, where computational and numerical methods are applied. An example to that is the specialized simulation tools developed to model the human ear to help medical doctors diagnose patients without using invasive applications.

Neural engineering:

Here engineering concepts and methods are applied to understand and improve neural systems.

Medical devices:

In my opinion, this is one of the most interesting areas as it includes the engineering techniques applied to manufacture health devices as hearing-aids, pacemakers, artificial limbs and much more fascinating electronic devices.

Bio-systems modelling:

Different types of models are designed to simulate the function of many organs such as the heart and the ears. Some models work in a trial to understand speech cues and music effects on hearing stimuli.

Medical imaging:

This is one of the biggest aspects in this field. It allows us to investigate things that are not visible because of the location or size. An application to that is the magnetic resonance imaging known as MRI technology. It usually involves working on complex and large equipment.

It is now clear that biomedical engineering has multiple interdisciplinary areas of research and applications. Clearly, studying biomedical engineering require knowledge in biology sciences as well as engineering sciences with a preferable focus on electronics and communications field.

@NASA personnel conducting biomedical research

Career Paths for Biomedical Engineers  

Since the biomedical field is very wide as we previously discussed in the article, a variety of opportunities in multiple fields are available. Industrial and manufacturing jobs are one option, another option can be developing new tools and software to help doctors diagnose their patients.

Artificial limbs and organs have been a demanding field due to the rapid development in technology we witness every second.

Scientific research and development is one of the most interesting fields to work at, especially if you are passionate about conducting laboratory research. It is always an amazing feeling to make a new discovery or a break through that would make human beings lives better.

Future Aspects of Biomedical Engineering

A couple of decades ago the field of biomedical engineering did not exist. However, according to recent statistics, it is one of the booming fields now, in terms of available funds and support from many governments. Furthermore, new technologies enable more possibilities to the field. Biomedical engineering is considered to be one of the top jobs that pays most in all of the health care field that we know of today.

  1. Teresa Teresa

    Great article and very informative for anyone wishing to follow this path. It’s interesting to know that biomedical engineering didn’t even exist a couple of years ago and shows how quickly it has advanced.
    It’s brilliant that the advancement of science and technology can help in the field of healthcare and allowing us to understand the human body.
    The different paths you’ve highlighted makes it exciting to see what happens in the future of health and science.

    • Khalid Elezabi Khalid Elezabi

      Thank you Teresa!
      Stay tuned for our upcoming articles.

      Cheers!

      Khalid

  2. Ahmed El-Mahallawy Ahmed El-Mahallawy

    Great article , looking forward to your next writings.

  3. Hi Khalid,

    I find this area to be fascinating!

    Did you, in the UK recently, they have made some kind of diagnostic machine, that can scan a human body and diagnose far better than Doctors can!

    They tested it and it was far more successful at catch, for instance, potential heart attack victims than Doctors were – consistently!

    Incredible!

    What I do not understand is this, well only one thing really, why can’t we make artificial mechanical implants (such as a liver for example) when we can do it with pacemakers?

    There is too much I do not know in this area and so it may be a silly question for some one like yourself. I just think we should be able at this stage in our tech to be able to make any human organ mechanically by now.

    Thank you for laying this all out in an easy to understand language and format.

    Regards,

    Philip.

    • Hello Philip
      Thank you for your comment.
      In a matter of fact, we can make many mechanical implants and artificial organs. Many involved scientists are in the process of developing these organs/implants currently. For instance, Japanese scientists are working on human liver cells which are combined with two other types to form 3D liver buds. Moreover, other artificial organs are being developed such as Heart and Lungs. It is just a very complicated process that considers the neural system and the process of creating the needed cells and tissues.
      It is worth to mention that these ongoing researches are insanely expensive. They cost time and money; making the whole idea not as simple as we wish.
      However, the rapid development in technology we witness every second allows us to hope for a touchable progress in this field.

      Cheers!
      Khalid

  4. Wow, great article about medical engineering opportunities. great and superbly explained. Looking forward to read more articles from you.

  5. The advancement of science and technology these days is really fostering the field of healthcare whilst bringing us to a better understanding of the human body.
    Medical imaging which allows for investigation of things that are not visible because of the location or size will truly make the future of health and science an exciting one.
    Great article and very informative.
    Thanks for the information

    Regards!
    WealthyBen1

    • Hey Ben!
      Thanks for your comment
      Stay tuned for our articles!
      Cheers!
      Khalid

  6. Melissa Melissa

    Hi, this is great information and such an exciting field. Can you please tell me your approach to market this to young girls? As you will know we really need more girls in STEM. I’m a very strong believer in getting behind women in this field (and many others)! With thanks

    • Khalid Elezabi Khalid Elezabi

      Hello Melissa!
      Thanks for your comment.
      We must admit that there’s a problem regarding gender and skill diversity in STEM jobs and fields. However, many NGO’s are working on empowering young women by advertisement campaigns, school visits as well as national and international conferences. Our approach is to make agreements with firms and NGO’s to support young people with scholarships to help them join universities world wide. A quota system is being under development to make sure girls are empowered. Another approach comes from the family itself, where we ask and support families to support their girls and to encourage them to go to college and universities. 
       Cheers!
      Khalid

  7. Annie Annie

    The biomedical field has so many pathways! Wow!

    One thing that stands out to me, is that not all of these involve becoming an engineer or a scientist or a doctor. Each of these also has extensive need for support workers, and the career advancement possibilities are almost endless for technicians, too.
    I had a young woman I was working with in CASA who had been thinking about becoming a dental hygenist, a crowded field currently, and also one where carpal tunnel can kick in after a number of years. We talked a lot, and she is not going into hospital work where she can train into so many of the new fields that are developing, and advance as she earns.

    • Khalid Elezabi Khalid Elezabi

      Hi Annie!
      Thanks for your comment, stay tuned for our articles.

      Cheers!
      Khalid

  8. Very interesting article on BioMedical Engineering Opportunities, and Career Path. It truly is a fascinating new field, and harbors great promise both for the engineer, as well as society itself. For an intelligent young person starting out, it would be an opportunity that I think would be hard to resist.

  9. Andrew Bromley Andrew Bromley

    This is definitely a skill to appreciate and admire,biomedical engineering.This field has done absolute wonders for the medical profession and without it medical science is lost. i would recommend any medical student to take the opportunity to learn this amazing skill because it is vital. A great post to bring to us all.

    • Khalid Elezabi Khalid Elezabi

      Thanks Andrew! 

      Stay tuned for our articles. 

      Cheers! 

      Khalid

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