Biomedical Engineer

About the job:

What you do

As a Biomedical Engineer, you use traditional engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in Biology and Medicine for providing an overall enhancement of healthcare. Usually students who are trying to choose between medical or engineering track find it the ideal field to pursue.

A Biomedical Engineer can be called upon for designing instruments, devices and software, bringing together knowledge from many technical sources to develop new procedures, or conducting research needed to solve clinical problems.

You may choose to specialize in Bioinstrumentation, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Cellular, Tissue and Genetic Engineering, Clinical Engineering, Medical Imaging, Orthopaedic Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Engineering, System Physiology, and Management and Sales.

This information was sourced from community member mesa177 from Lebgeeks.
The tough stuff

Some of the challenges of pursuing a career in Biomedical Engineering may include: 

  • The opportunities are not as broad as that of CCE or Mechanical Engineering
  • In this field, those with 3-5 years of experience are more frequently employed than just fresh grads
  • You'll have a hard time landing a job once you graduate, but once you get it, you won't face many problems
  • If you are considering to work abroad, even more chances and opportunities are available in BME, but they require alot of years of experience (8+ years) especially in the Gulf region. Some exceptions can arise though. Since your BME degree is actually an EE/CCE degree, you can also work as an electrical engineer or computer communication engineer (in the union, you'll be considered an Electrical Engineer/Computer Communication Engineer).
The cool stuff

Some of the rewards of pursuing a career in Biomedical Engineering may include: 

  • Your expertise can be of great service to people
  • You can partake the excitement of working with living systems
  • You can apply advanced technology to complex problems in medical care 
  • There are over 35 medical companies and over 500 hospitals in Lebanon in which you can work
  • Most high salaries in the Biomedical Engineering field are in field of Sales, Management, and Software Engineering for Medical Applications
Typical work hours
  • 40 hours per week
  • Longer hours may be necessary at certain stages of a project

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Languages (English or French or Arabic)
Best high school track(s)
  • Life Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Understanding written information
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • You'll need to complete your BS (Bachelor of Sciences) or BE (Bachelor of Engineering) in Electrical Engineering (EE) or Biomedical Engineering (BME).
  • If you do a BS, it takes 3 years while the BE takes 4 years to complete
  • Doing a BS/BE in Electrical Engineering is said to provide a better foundation than in Biomedical Engineering since more courses concerning electronics and electric systems are given. Therefore, you will have stronger base concerning electrical concepts
  • As for the degree in Biomedical Engineering, you'll be taking introductory courses in Medical Imaging and Biomedical Instrumentation (which will be repeated in the Masters level) and a lot of physiology courses (which may not provide much value) in addition to the basic courses of Electrical Engineering like electric circuits and power electronics.
  • Most students who have completed their Bachelor of Sciences in any field of Engineering and worked for a couple of months have found that it is necessary to complete a Masters degree in order to get ahead at work
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