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Question by Anthony: How do you become a biomedical engineer?
I want to become a biomedical engineer. I plan on going to cal poly in san luis obispo to get a degree in bio engineering and i need to decide what i need to do from there. And what is the pay like?

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Answer by ASUGRAD
The field is in high demand. I am a biomedical engineer with over 13 years of experience. The question is which category of biomedical engineering do you want to work with?

Here are various subcategories of biomedical engineering:
* biomechanical engineering – prosthetics, medical devices
* medical robotics
* biochemical engineering – radiopharmaceuticals, chemical polymers,
* medical imaging
* medical informatics
* FDA validation – regulatory affairs
* engineering management
* process engineering
* surgical implants
* artificial organs
* stent

There are now many universities that offer this major. Some departments tend to be stronger in one category than another. For example, Florida State is very strong in biochemical engineering or NMR. Florida is great for surgical robotics. University of Texas at San Antonio has a deep medical imaging program. UT Houston is very strong in medical informatics. As for California, UCLA has been very strong in medical physics. Stanford and UC Davis have strong medical informatics programs. UC Riverside and San Diego State are strong in some areas. Just do your research and figure out what you want.

As for jobs and salaries, go to dice.com or indeed.com and search with these terms.
* clinical systems
* FDA
* HL7
* medical device
* biomedical engineer
* firmware medical
* systems engineer medical
* radiology engineer
* C++ medical imaging
* verification and validation
* regulatory affairs

There are many jobs and a variety of ways to do it. Here is one example.

* biomedical engineering – focus on surgical robotics at U. of Pittsburg/Carnegie Mellon.
* biomedical engineering – medical imaging at U. of Arizona
* medical informatics – EHR/EMR at UT Houston

There are many ways to approach this. Just find one you like.

My recommendation would be to get an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and a master’s in engineering management, master’s of regulatory affairs or master’s of medical informatics with a focus on programming in healthcare. The undergraduate courses and programs I listed should help with employment. California is very strong for engineering right now.

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One thought on “How do you become a biomedical engineer?

  1. Doc Martin says:

    Biomedical Engineering at the Bachelor’s level is overrated. Most of the good jobs go to Master’s degree holders.
    Every year, many Bachelor’s degree grads in Biomedical Engineering have start careers in other fields because there aren’t enough openings in Biomedical companies. The truth is that many Bachelor’s level jobs in Biomedical Device companies are better done by Mechanical and Electrical Engineering grads.

    So, the best strategy is to study a traditional Engineering discipline at the Bachelor’s level — Mechanical, Electrical, or sometimes Chemical or Materials/Metallurgy. Save Biomedical Engineering for graduate (Master’s) study.

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