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Biomedical Engineers

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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 health management and care delivery systems.

    Work Activities
    • Design and develop medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and biobehavioral sciences.
    • Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals.
    • Manage teams of engineers by creating schedules, tracking inventory, creating and using budgets, and overseeing contract obligations and deadlines.
    • Adapt or design computer hardware or software for medical science uses.
    • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
    • Teach biomedical engineering or disseminate knowledge about the field through writing or consulting.
    • Develop models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes.
    • Diagnose and interpret bioelectric data, using signal processing techniques.
    • Design and deliver technology to assist people with disabilities.
    • Research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs.
    • Write documents describing protocols, policies, standards for use, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment.
    • Advise and assist in the application of instrumentation in clinical environments.
    • Install, adjust, maintain, repair, or provide technical support for biomedical equipment.
    • Conduct training or in-services to educate clinicians and other personnel on proper use of equipment.
    • Analyze new medical procedures to forecast likely outcomes.
    • Develop new applications for energy sources, such as using nuclear power for biomedical implants.
    • Conduct preventative maintenance on equipment.
    • Keep documentation of service histories on all biomedical equipment.
    • Advise hospital administrators on the planning, acquisition, and use of medical equipment.
    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $80,010/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $38.47/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 680
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50
    Typical Education
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Persistence
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Pressure indicators
    • Physiological recorders
    • pH electrodes
    • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
    • Electrometers
    • Requirements analysis and system architecture software
    • Medical software
    • Development environment software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software