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Career as Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical Engineering is the study of the engineering principles of medical sciences. The objective of this course is to streamline the rapidly advancing healthcare sector of the country. Increased health awareness, education and medical advancement and expanding population, all have led to rising interest in Biomedical Engineering as a course. The course includes diagnostic and therapeutic applications of medical science. It is one of its kinds of balanced amalgamation of engineering and medical sector, making the stream very interesting. With the advancement in technology, the latest development in the Biomedical Engineering sector is more incorporation of advanced technology. Recently the biomedical engineering career has seen rising interests from investors and the candidates alike. This sector is quite new compared to other medical and engineering fields, especially in India. With increased investments, career prospects are expected to grow further in the coming years.

Job Profile

Career as Biomedical Engineer

The nature of the job is generally stress free, though  depending on the project deadlines, the work hours may get stretched. Also, there may be a need  to travel out-stations for seminars and conferences. In the coming years, the growth in the career of biomedical engineering is expected to multiply manifolds. Biomedical Engineers can work in biotechnology companies, health departments, hospitals, instrumentation department, maintenance department, the research sector and diagnostic department.
 

Additionally, candidates can also start their work as consultants in  various sectors dealing with biomedical science instruments. . Besides, In testing laboratories, pathology labs, research institutes, college and university laboratories, too they   can work as consultants.
 

Many candidates also take teaching in universities, institutes and colleges after course completion. Those with a PhD degree can be appointed as scientists, research assistants and associates with institutes.
 

Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Stryker, Philips Healthcare, Smiths Medical, B. Braun and Toshiba Medical Systems are some top companies having job opportunities for biomedical engineers.

Future Growth Prospects and How to get there faster

Scope for a job is good and getting better. With increased awareness about health among people, the government, as well as private firms, are recognising the need and creating jobs for biomedical engineers. One needs to keep learning on the job and get good hands-on practice. A better understanding of technology and devices helps a lot. Short term training programs give an edge to the candidates for obtaining a good boost in their career.

Pros and Cons of being a Biomedical Engineer

Pros

  • The biomedical industry sector is seeing growth and investment from the government as well as private sectors.

  • There is still relatively less competition in the market compared to other engineering streams.

  • There is a good scope for candidates who want to work outside India, as demand for biomedical engineers is more there.

Cons

  • The industry is in the growing stage and does not have an as diverse scope as other medical and engineering streams.

  • There is limited recognition and reach of this course among the masses.  More colleges and institutes need to have biomedical engineering courses.

How do I get there?

To pursue Biomedical Engineering, candidates can take admission in B.Tech, B.Sc., and B.E. course. To apply for admission, candidates need to be 10+2 passed in the science stream with a minimum of 50% marks from a recognised board.


For admission in M.Tech. and M.E., candidates need to graduate in Biomedical Engineering or biotechnology stream with minimum 50% marks from recognised institute or university. Candidates having an MBBS degree can also apply for the post-graduation in biomedical engineering.


For admission in M.Phil and Ph. D, candidates need to be post-graduate in Biomedical Engineering.


There is an entrance exam for admission in biomedical engineering courses. Most of the universities and colleges in India take admission through JEE main in the undergraduate course. Also, state-level exams are conducted for admission within the state colleges and universities. BITS (Birla Institute of Technology), VIT (Vellore Institute of Technology) and other private institutes also  hold examinations for admission in engineering courses.
 

For admission to postgraduate courses, candidates need to have GATE scores.

 

These are some of the entrance examinations  for admission in biomedical engineering:


1. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

2. JEE Main

3. JEE Advanced

4. SRMJEEE

5. VITEEE

6. BITSAT

7. KIITEE

8. GEEE

9. GCET

How much does it cost?

The course fee varies, depending on the institution and the course opted. 

 

S.No.

Course Name

Course Fee

1.

B. Sc. in Biomedical Engineering

Rs 2 to 5 Lakh

2.

B. Tech in Biomedical Engineering

Rs 3 to 14 Lakh

3.

BE in Biomedical Engineering

Rs 2 to 6 Lakh

4.

Integrated B.Tech - M.Tech

Rs 7 to 10 Lakh

5.

Diploma in Biomedical Engineering

Rs 10k to 50k

6.

M. Sc. in Biomedical Engineering

Rs 1 to 3 Lakh

7.

M. Tech in Biomedical Engineering

Rs 1 to 6 Lakh

8.

PG Diploma in Biomedical Engineering

Rs 30k to 1 Lakh

9.

ME in Biomedical Engineering

Rs 1 to 6 Lakh

10.

PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Rs 1.5 to 4 Lakh

Top Colleges where one should be studying to become a Biomedical Engineer

There are many governments as well as private institutions offering Biomedical Engineering courses. The fee structure is different. So, students need to go through the college profile, affordability and apply for the admission accordingly.


S.No.

Name of College, City

Programme Total Fees 

1

IIT Bombay

M.Tech -Rs  1.3 Lakh

2

IIT Madras

Integrated B.Tech-M.Tech- Rs 9.4 Lakh

3

Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal

B.Tech-Rs 13 Lakh

4

Lovely Professional University, Delhi

B.Tech- Rs 5 Lakh

5

IIT Delhi

M.Tech-Rs 20,000

6

Karpaga Vinayaga College of Engineering, Chennai

B. E.- Rs 2 Lakh

7

SRM University, Sonepat

B. Tech-Rs 10 Lakh

8

Jadavpur University, Jadavpur

M. E. - Rs 10,000

9

PSG College of Engineering, Coimbatore

B. E.- Rs 2 Lakh

10

IIT Hyderabad

M. Tech- Rs 20,000

11

JJTU, Rajasthan 

PhD.- Rs 1.8 Lakh

Books and other Study Material

  • Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology- Russell K. Hobbie, Bradley J. Roth

  • Biomedical Engineering Bridging Medicine and Technology- W. Mark Saltzman 

  • Lab Manual for Biomedical Engineering- Gary Drzewiecki

  • Non-Invasive Instrumentation and Measurement in Medical Diagnosis, Second Edition-Robert B. Northrop

What if this career does not work out for me? What are the other options for a person with these credentials?

The competition is less, so there are fair job opportunities and if one wants to switch over from the field, they can opt for other  either medical or engineering courses at the postgraduate level. Teaching job is also a good alternative prospect for biomedical engineers.

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