Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 17-2031 Biomedical Engineers
Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and heath management and care delivery systems.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals. Design and develop medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and biobehavioral sciences. Teach biomedical engineering or disseminate knowledge about the field through writing or consulting. Research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs. Develop models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes. Adapt or design computer hardware or software for medical science uses. Diagnose and interpret bioelectric data, using signal processing techniques. Design and deliver technology to assist people with disabilities. Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment. Manage teams of engineers by creating schedules, tracking inventory, creating and using budgets, and overseeing contract obligations and deadlines. Advise and assist in the application of instrumentation in clinical environments. Write documents describing protocols, policies, standards for use, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
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