Standard Occupational Classification (SOC): Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers
Bioengineers and biomedical engineers are professionals who apply engineering principles and design concepts to biology and medicine, in order to develop and improve healthcare technologies and systems. They work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, research labs, and industry, and may focus on a wide range of areas including, but not limited to:
Medical devices and instruments: Designing, developing and testing medical devices such as artificial organs, prostheses, diagnostic equipment, and imaging systems
Biomaterials: Developing new materials for use in medicine, such as artificial tissues and scaffolds for tissue engineering
Drug delivery systems: Developing systems for delivering drugs to specific locations in the body
Rehabilitation engineering: Designing and developing devices and technologies to aid in the rehabilitation and recovery of patients with injuries or disabilities
Biomechanics: Applying mechanical principles to biological systems, such as studying how joints move and how muscles generate force
They also work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as physicians, nurses and physical therapists, to understand the needs of patients and to ensure that the technologies they develop are effective, safe, and easy to use.
Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers in Healthcare are required to have a strong foundation in engineering and the natural sciences, as well as the ability to think creatively and solve problems. They also need to be able to communicate effectively with other healthcare professionals and understand the broader context of healthcare delivery.