Like any branch of engineering, there are many different types of positions available. To find out more information regarding a career as a biomedical engineer see the following webpage presented by the Alberta Occupational Profiles:


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Biomedical engineers work closely with life scientists, chemists and medical professionals (physicians, nurses, therapists and technicians) on the engineering aspects of biological systems.

Duties and responsibilities vary from one position to another but, in general, biomedical engineers:

Biomedical engineers may work primarily in one or a combination of the following fields:


Working Conditions:

Biomedical engineers work in offices, laboratories, workshops, manufacturing plants, clinics and hospitals. Some local travel may be required if medical equipment is located in various clinics or hospitals.

Most biomedical engineers work standard weekday hours. Longer hours may be required to meet research deadlines, work with patients at times convenient to them, or work on medical equipment that is in use during daytime hours.


Personal Characteristics:

Biomedical engineers need the following characteristics:

They should enjoy:


Educational Requirements:

Entry level positions in industry (medical device or pharmaceutical companies) or clinical engineering positions in hospitals generally require a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a major in biomedical engineering, or a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering with a specialty in biomedical engineering. A working understanding of life sciences and medical terminology is required.

Many biomedical engineering program graduates continue their education by taking medicine or dentistry, or graduate (master’s or doctoral) degree programs in other fields. A graduate degree is required for research and development positions in biomedical engineering.