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BME 1 Fall Quarter 2021: Background



The Profession of Biomedical Engineer

“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” (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (see is the same as the 2010 statement, "


In 2014, engineers held over 3 million jobs – 22,100+ of them were biomedical engineers. (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-16 Edition.) and the job outlook for biomedical engineers is "expected to have employment growth of 23% percent over the projection's decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. The aging of the population and a growing focus on health issues will drive demand for better medical devices and equipment designed by biomedical engineers. Along with the demand for more sophisticated medical equipment and procedures, an increased concern for cost-effectiveness will boost demand for biomedical engineers, particularly in pharmaceutical manufacturing and related industries. Because of the growing interest in this field, the number of degrees granted in biomedical engineering has increased greatly. Many biomedical engineers, particularly those employed in research laboratories, need a graduate degree." ( of biomedical engineers is expected to grow "faster than the average (21+%) for all occupations through 2016." ( , and and the Biomedical Engineering Society )

The current (May 2014) geographic profile for professional strength in the US for biomedical engineers is noted at and information about national expectations in hiring trends and employment distribution and wage earners for biomedical engineers is noted at 



Additional Resources:


Occupational Information Network. O’NET OnLine.

Gives wages and trends for variety of occupations, including forecasts for 2010 and average annual job openings. (O’Net SOC for biomedical engineer is 17-2031.00)


Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 edition


Charting the Milestones of Biomedical Engineering. (A) IEEE-EMB, 2002. Science Library Reference QT 36N 359 2002


The Biomedical Engineering Society is a good resource for programmatic and academic developments in the field and holds an annual conference.


As defined by the Whitaker Foundation, Biomedical engineering is a “discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology and medicine, and improves human health through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate the engineering sciences with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice. It includes:

1. The acquisition of new knowledge and understanding of living systems through the innovative and substantive application of experimental and analytical techniques based on the engineering sciences.

2. The development of new devices, algorithms, processes and systems that advance biology and medicine and improve medical practice and health care delivery.” (


Areas of specialization currently supported at UC Irvine:

·         Cancer diagnostics

·         Cardiovascular engineering

·         Global health technologies – point of care technologies (home health devices for example that measure insulin; diagnostic devices, including in vitro diagnostics; patient monitoring devices; therapeutic & treatment devices; consumer channel home health monitoring devices; computer-based systems used for data entry & access devices; handheld communication devices and smart phone utilities & apps;  identification & tracking tools; etc.

·         Cellular, tissue & genetic engineering; functional tissue engineering

·         Biomaterials – artificial organs, transplantation, skin grafts

·         Physiologic modeling, simulation and control (lasers, orthopedic bioengineering & rehabilitative devices

·         Biomedical instrumentation and biosensors, MEMS

·         Medical imaging

·         Drug delivery systems

·         Medical informatics and ICTs



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