Biomedical Engineers use physical and materials sciences, combined with manufacturing and computing skills, to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and also the rehabilitation of patients. You could be involved in full lifecycle management of technology, as well as designing and developing instruments or in research.
Biomedical engineers are employed in industry, in hospitals, in research facilities of educational and medical institutions, in teaching, and in government regulatory agencies.
In industry, they may create designs where an in-depth understanding of living systems and of technology is essential. They may be involved in performance testing of new or proposed products.
Government positions often involve product testing and safety, as well as establishing safety standards for devices.
In the hospital, clinical and rehabilitation engineers may provide advice on the selection and use of medical equipment, as well as supervising its performance testing and maintenance. They may also build customised devices for special health care or research needs.
In research institutions, biomedical engineers supervise laboratories and equipment, and participate in or direct research activities in collaboration with other researchers with such backgrounds as medicine, physiology, and nursing.