Biomedical engineers apply engineering principles and design concepts to diagnostic, monitoring or therapy problems. This field seeks to bring together engineering and medicine with positive outcomes for patients.
Where biomedical engineers are employed
Biomedical engineers work in health care. They must have a good theoretical and practical knowledge of engineering, a sound understanding of medical sciences and the ability to combine the two. Biomedical engineers usually work in multidisciplinary teams with other professionals including anaesthetists, surgeons, physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists and other medical specialists.
"The best part of my job involves solving a case by discovering a mutation in an epilepsy gene which is inherited throughout their family" - Marta Bayly, Research Scientist.
Full-time biomedical engineers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.
Most biomedical engineers are employed in public hospital-based engineering departments by medical equipment vendors or by third party service organisations. Some may be employed by firms involved in the development of medical devices and instruments and in the development or transfer of medical services technology. Biomedical engineers may also be employed in state and federal government departments and universities and some are self-employed as consultants.
In 2011 there were 72 people employed full-time as biomedical engineers in South Australia compared with 55 in 2006.
How to become one
Usually you need an engineering degree with a major in biomedical studies/technology. At school consider doing English, maths, chemistry and physics.
For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).
Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.
For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).
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