Biomedical Engineering Technology (BMET)** Careers Overview
Using traditional engineering skills, professionals in this field analyze and solve biological and medical technology problems. You may take on a broad variety of challenges, everything from creating portable electrocardiogram recorders to working to advance digital speech recognition. As the healthcare technology field continues its rapid growth and the role of technology in diagnostic, therapeutic, and research activities continues to expand, skilled biomedical engineers will be in demand. In fact, the biomedical engineering technology career field is increasing at about 26% per year through 20121, which is double the rate for all other jobs combined.
Areas of Innovation
Also known as biomedical product development engineers and biomedical equipment technicians, professionals in this field are responsible for designing, constructing, implementing and maintaining:
- Artificial devices that replace or support body functions, such as pacemakers, prosthetic devices, and artificial organs.
- Therapeutic products, such as healthcare-related lasers, and systems that perform critical functions such as tissue fusion, insulin delivery, and muscle repair.
- Sensors for various patient-monitoring devices and bioelectric and telemetry equipment.
- Medical imaging instrumentation such as magnetic resonance and X-ray tools.
Careers in biomedical engineering are found in a number of diverse environments, such as:
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Medical laboratories
- Research institutions
With a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology from DeVry University, you'll not only be prepared for career-entry positions in the burgeoning field of biomedical engineering, you'll build a solid foundation for advancement to supervisory and management positions.
Biomedical Engineering Technology degree holders will be prepared for careers in areas such as:
- Medical instrumentation
- Image processing and archiving
- Biosignal processing
- Biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering
- Bioinformatics and telemedicine
- Biomedical computing
For related career paths, see all degree programs offered by the College of Engineering & Information Sciences.
Additional Career Links
BMET Career Details and Future Trends
Is There an Educational Shift for BMETs?
Article on shift toward higher education that impacts current and future career opportunities in the BMET field.
BMET Job Descriptions
Overview of BMET jobs and responsibilities.
2008 Compensation Survey
The latest annual survey of salary ranges, benefits, training, workload, and job satisfaction from 24x7 magazine.
BMETs in the Medical Equipment Industry
Examples of positions BMET graduates may qualify for during their career. Some of the positions are entry level; others require more experience and give you a good idea of future opportunities.
BMETs in a Hospital Setting
"Servicing Technology That Saves Lives"
An overview of the BMET hospital position.
Free publication you can use to read about the application of technology in a hospital.
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
Event information, publications, resources, and a career center.
Biomedical Engineering Society
The accrediting body for the biomedical engineering and bioengineering society.
Impact of Technology on Medicine
Live and archived webcasts showing how doctors use different types of medical equipment and technologies in the operating room, DeVry University BMET graduates are prepared to help develop, install, and maintain this lifesaving technology.
** Biomedical Technology in New York.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Engineers, http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos027.htm.