Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is about applying engineering principles and design concepts to human biology and medicine.

Most applications are in the fields of medical diagnosis, monitoring and treatment.

Examples include the development of clinical equipment, pharmaceuticals, prostheses and implants, and regenerative tissue.

Studying in this area involves learning about engineering and design as well as human biology.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Medical appliance technician
  • Medical appliance designer
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Clinical technologist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Biology teacher
  • Technology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

171% of national
median earnings


Employment

82%
Employed
0%
Unemployed
9%
Further study
9%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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