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Career summary: Biomedical Engineering

Career Summary:Biomedical Engineer

Schools to Attend: Massachusetts Institute of Technology- The Department of Biological Engineering at MIT is one of the best places to obtain a degree in the field of biomedical engineering. (Department of Biological Engineering, N.D.)Johns Hopkins University- The Biomedical Engineering School at Johns Hopkins offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate opportunities for degrees in different fields of Biomedical Engineering. (Course Information, N.D.)Stanford University- Stanford's Department of Bioengineering integrates engineering and medicine into a single department which focusses on giving students the knowledge and experience to greatly advance the field of Biomedical Engineering. (Inventing the Future of Biomedicine, N.D.)

Degree Needed:A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Biomedical Engineering is sufficient and most common for those who become biomedical engineers. (Basic Education Requirements, N.D.) This degree is necessary because it combines technical, math and engineering oriented skills with the medical and scientific skills necessary for a career in Biomedical Engineering. (Biomedical Engineer, N.D.)

Job Responsibilities : - Monitoring as well as ensuring the physical well-being of one's clients and creating healthy working environments for them (Bioengineering Branch, N.D.) - Discussing with flight surgeons and doctors what may happen to astronauts in orbit and finding ways to counteract any health conditions which may arise (Biomedical Engineer, N.D.) - Researching what environmental factors in one's workplace may be detrimental to health and creating devices to counteract them (Biomedical Engineer, N.D.) - Explaining research to others to communicate the problems encountered and new developments to solve them(Biomedical Engineer, N.D.) - Training onboard medical officers to treat, through administering medications and procedures, any health condition which may arise in the crew during a space mission. (Biomedical Engineer, N.D.)

Possible Specializations : Biomechanics- Specializing in Biomechanics involves focusing on how biological problems can be resolved through mechanical inventions. Biomedical Engineers who specialize in Biomechanics work on devices such as prosthetic limbs and artificial origins. (What Areas of Specialization, 2010) Biomaterials- Work in the field of Biomaterials includes developing new materials that can function in the human body. (Biomaterials Science, N.D.) These materials must not be harmful in any way and must be able to perform all functions necessary. An example of work in the field of biomaterials involves developing materials(such as certain ceramics and polymers) to replace or supplement bones. (What Areas of Specialization, 2010)

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