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Careers in Biomedical Engineering

Start your career in a field with opportunity

If you choose to pursue a career in biomedical engineering, you'll open doors that lead to great job satisfaction, a good salary and excellent opportunities. In fact, according to a 2012 CNNMoney survey that looked at the "Best Jobs in America", biomedical engineering is the number one career choice. The decision was based on the industry's high median income and the satisfaction that comes from being able to help people by developing new medical technologies.

Future educational opportunities

As a biomedical engineering graduate, you'll be ideally placed to enter medical school and more likely to pursue highly technical specialties like cardiology, orthopaedics, otology and respirology. A master's degree in biomedical engineering is also an ideal starting point for further graduate studies in physiology, neuroscience, imaging and a host of other fast-growing fields that need specialized skills in instrumentation and an understanding of mathematical modeling and physiology.

Facts and figures

According to the US Department of Labour Statistics, there were over 18,000 biomedical engineers working in the US in 2012 at a mean income of a US$91,200 (comparable Canadian figures were unavailable). Biomedical engineering is also among the fastest-growing disciplines within engineering. Between 2008 and 2018 the number of biomedical engineering jobs is expected to increase by 72% due to an aging population and an increasing demand for new medical technologies.

Find out more about biomedical engineering

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Internation Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE)
Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES)