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Careers in Biomedical Engineering Technology. BMET 4350 Fall 2003 Dr. Hugh Blanton. Industry Research and Development Manufacturing Engineering Quality Assurance Marketing/Sales Regulatory Affairs. Government Research Laboratories Regulatory Agencies (FDA) Military

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careers in biomedical engineering technology

Careers in Biomedical Engineering Technology

BMET 4350

Fall 2003

Dr. Hugh Blanton

career opportunities
Industry

Research and Development

Manufacturing Engineering

Quality Assurance

Marketing/Sales

Regulatory Affairs

Government

Research Laboratories

Regulatory Agencies (FDA)

Military

Public Health Service

NASA

Career Opportunities
career opportunities3
Career Opportunities
  • Hospitals
    • Clinical engineers
    • Facilities engineers
  • Private Testing Laboratories
    • Underwriter’s Laboratories
    • ECRI
  • Healthcare Consulting Firms
    • Accenture
career opportunities4
Career Opportunities
  • Academia
    • Research
    • Teaching
  • Non-traditional fields:
    • Technical writing
    • Corporate training
    • Patent law
    • Medicine
academic vs industrial r d
intellectual curiosity

why does it work?

sharing of royalties

publications

choice of research

more individual work

more basic research

need to obtain grants

involved in initial phases of project

less urgency

flexibility

profitability

does it work?

no royalties for inventor

product introductions

limited project areas

team approach

more applied research

funding available

involved in entire project

“time is money”

higher pay

Academic vs. Industrial R&D

Academia

Industry

unique aspects of medical device industry
Unique Aspects of Medical Device Industry
  • Regulated industry
    • must prove safety and efficacy
  • Recalls very difficult
  • Third party payors, insurance
  • Safety issues
    • biocompatibility
    • biodurability
design constraints
Design Constraints
  • Economic
    • cost containment pressures
    • market needs
    • competition
    • profitability to company
  • Regulatory
    • want shortest approval path
    • new materials, designs may require clinical study
  • Legal
    • product liability, safety
    • patents
customer needs
Lower cost

Time savings

lower cost

reduced risk

Improved performance

quality of care

safer

less liability

New treatment

improved care

increased revenues

Lower cost/benefit ratio

Customer Needs
biomedical engineers salaries
Biomedical Engineers Salaries
  • Starting salaries (2001):
    • BS degree: $47,850
    • MS degree: $62,600
      • Engineering technologists will start between $5,000 and $8,000 less than an engineering graduate.
        • $39,000--$42,000

(National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2001)

biomedical engineers salaries10
Biomedical Engineers Salaries
  • Industry salaries (2000):
    • Median: $57,480
    • Mid 50%: $45,760 - $74,210
    • Top 10%: > $90,530

(US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

market size world
Market Size (World)

World market (1998): $145 billion

Estimated world market (2006): $260 billion

industry profile company size
Industry Profile - Company Size

7000 biomedical engineering positions in 2000

(US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

# of Employees

Quality System Regulation, FDA, 21 CFR, 1996

employment outlook
Employment Outlook
  • Faster than average increase than other occupations through 2010 (31.4% vs. 15.2%).
  • Aging population, focus on health issues
  • Emerging new areas:
    • Computer assisted surgery
    • Cellular and tissue engineering
    • Rehabilitation and orthopedics
    • Emphasis on cost efficiency and effectiveness

(US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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2001

MDDI, December 2001