How to become a biomedical engineer

Work at the junction of biology, engineering and medicine to improve patients’ lives with equipment and devices.

Pathways to this career

  1. Study a related course. An undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics will all set you on the right track.
  2. Seek out work experience opportunities during or after your studies.
  3. Advance your career by studying a postgraduate degree in biomedical engineering.

What does a biomedical engineer do?

Biomedical engineers are STEM professionals who apply their knowledge of biology and technology to design healthcare devices. They innovate, design, and create medical technology breakthroughs that help people around the world live better lives.

Duties and tasks

  • Design prosthetics to replace missing body parts.
  • Improve on surgical devices and systems for safer medical procedures.
  • Create internal implementation devices to support and manage illness.
  • Design diagnostic equipment to help healthcare professionals monitor patients.
  • Produce documentation and training for people to use biomedical equipment and devices.
  • Conduct research, write reports, and publish findings.

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