Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineer

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Majoring in Biomedical Engineer (BME)

by Jasmine from Phnom Penh

Hello! I'm 17 and am currently in my senior year of high school. I have always been passionate in learning biology and engineering. Therefore, I thought BME was perfect for me. However, from recent research, I discovered that high school freshmen ...

Biomedical engineers work in different areas of medicine focusing on various ways that technology can be used to treat or alleviate biological or medical problems. Some look at how different substances are processed in the body and generate medicines to enhance those processes. Others focus on developing materials that will promote healing or that can replace worn or injured body parts. Some biomedical engineers specialize in electronics or mechanics that have medical applications.


A four year college degree is needed for biomedical engineering work. Many biomedical engineers have degrees in chemical or electrical engineering, but also take many of "pre-med" classes. Many get graduate degrees, and some continue on to medical school and get M.D's.


Many biomedical engineers work in research labs.


You are a Biomedical/Bioengineering engineer, if you:

  • Can sell your ideas to get the grants you will need 
  • Have tenacity; won't give up even when discouraged
  • Like math and physics 
  • Are fascinated with how things work
  • Like to build mechanical things 
  • Can solve problems creatively
  • Love to use your imagination to think about how to make things better 
  • Want to help people have higher quality lives 


The average salary for an entry level biomedical engineer is $54,796.*


  • Create a prosthetic leg designed especially for children
  • Grow tissues that help repair damage from heart attacks
  • Protect the environment by producing organic fertilizer
  • Grow vegetables that contain more nutrients
  • Develop cancer treatments that don’t cause debilitating side effects
 *Source: 2017
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    Typical biomedical engineering jobs include designing medical devices, such as prosthetic, implantable devices, or wearable devices, to name a few. A college degree in biomedical engineering prepares you with a solid foundation and is not limiting. Some biomedical engineers may go onto ...