New and Exciting Opportunities
Bioengineering is one of the fastest growing fields of engineering and future job growth prospects are very exciting. The size of the aging population and the increased focus on health issues have resulted in rising demand for better medical devices and equipment. That’s where bioengineers come into play. Bioengineering jobs may be found in healthcare industries developing medical devices and implants, hospitals, medical and engineering research facilities, universities, and government regulatory agencies. Fields of specialization include:
- Bioinstrumentation in which devices are developed for diagnosis and treatment of disease
- Bio-materials in which various forms of implants and engineered living tissue are produced
- Biomechanics in which issues related to mechanics of a biological system (for instance, heart) are studied
- Biochemistry in which the behavior of cells is studied
- Biomedical imaging which utilizes advanced imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose diseases
- Occupational bio-ergonomics in which work-related injury issues are studied.
According to Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) there are three main types of companies that hire bioengineers:
- Pharmaceuticals: Drugs
- Medical Device: Orthopedic impant, pacemakers, dialyzers, CAT’s
- Biologics: Vaccines, factor VIII, stem cells
Overall, industries that covet bioengineers include: Medicine, clinical specialists, regulatory and product-liability law (financial services, patent, advertising), and education. According to BMES, these companies employ over four million workers with a growth rate of 5% to 10% per year, and these opportunities aren’t just limited to the United States. There is a signifiant, world-wide demand for skilled Bioengineers in countries as close as Canada and as far away as China. BMES maintains a list of companies which are involved in the myriad of fields related to bioengineering.
For more information, or to get started in the program, contact:
Dr. Mary Baker