You have your BS degree in one of the main engineering disciplines; chemical, civil, computer, electrical, material science, mechanical, or industrial engineering; or maybe, in biology or biomedical engineering. You learned about the fundamentals of your discipline, and more importantly you learned “problem solving.” Now you want to apply your knowledge in an exciting manner, contribute to change and improve society, be satisfied in your work, and even save lives; you should then consider biomedical engineering.
Biomedical engineering, most simply stated, is the application of engineering principles to human health issues. Humans are the most complicated machine one can imagine, not exactly fitting into any one description of our engineering disciplines. Rather it involves all disciplines and many other sciences. It is truly an “interdisciplinary” area. Take an artificial leg as an example. To be a “good” substitute for a real leg, it must be strong enough (material science), must be able to carry the weight distribution (civil), must be able to turn/rotate/move (mechanical), must be compatible with tissue and blood (chemical), must be have sensors and motors (electrical), must have feedback control to balance the body (computer), and must be manufactured with reasonable effort (industrial). No need to mention the influx of ideas/information from basic sciences such as biology, chemistry and physics to the “humble” artificial leg.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that the median salary of biomedical engineers in the U.S. is $78,000. The BLS predicts that from 2004-2014, biomedical engineers will be in the top 30 of the fastest growing occupations and predicts employment to increase 31% during this time. If you would like further information on why biomedical engineering, or careers click here.