Biomedical engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with the application of engineering laws and techniques in the medical sector. It involves engineering and design concepts to medicine and biology. Prostheses, medical equipment, and drugs are manufactured in biomedical engineering. A biomedical engineer would be studying bio mechanics, tissue and cellular engineering, genetic engineering, orthopaedic surgery, and medical imaging under this field.
A biomedical engineer aims to advance heath care treatment, which includes diagnoses, monitoring, treatment, and therapy. Biomedical engineers are in demand due to the growing popularity of the field.
• Diploma in Biomedical Engineering
• Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering
• Bachelor of Technology in Biomedical Engineering
• Bachelor of Technology in Biomedical Instrumentation
• Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering
• Master of Technology in Biomedical Engineering
• Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
UG: The criteria for pursuing a bachelor’s degree requires the candidate to have passed in the higher secondary school (10+2) examination with subjects such as biology, maths, and chemistry as their core subjects. In order to obtain a degree in IIT (a 4-year course), the candidate is required to clear the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
PG: The criterion for pursuing a master’s degree (a 2-year course), requires the candidate to hold a bachelor’s degree in any branch of engineering.
Specialisations: The specialisations of the field are listed below:
• Medical Imaging
• Orthopedics Surgery
• Genetic Engineering
• Cellular and Tissue Engineering
Industries such as hospitals, medical institutions, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing units, and medical equipment employ biomedical engineers. Handling and maintaining medical equipment are main jobs of a biomedical engineer. Candidates could work as technical advisers as well.
The field of Research and development in research institutes, government agencies in India and abroad has immense opportunities for biomedical engineers. Companies such as Larsen & Toubro, BPL, Wipro Medical, and Simens employ candidates in their R&D or sales and marketing sections. Teaching jobs in universities and colleges are also an option for biomedical engineers. People seeking work abroad have a number of opportunities in foreign companies as well.
This field is highly rewarding. A biomedical engineer could expect anywhere between Rs.10, 000 and Rs.15, 000 per month initially. Research departments offer Rs.15, 000 to Rs.20, 000 per month. While government sectors pay up to Rs.25, 000 per month, medical equipment production firms pay up to Rs.30,000 per month.