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Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical engineers study, design, develop, evaluate, manage and support biological and medical systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses, medical instruments and information systems.

Also Known As

Clinical Engineer, Engineer, Professional Engineer, Medical Engineer

Regulated Occupation

Employment and Advancement

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Biomedical engineers are employed by:

  • medical institutions
  • university and other research facilities
  • medical equipment and pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • corporate research and development laboratories
  • consulting engineering firms
  • law firms
  • venture capital firms
  • governments.

Because biomedical engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment, they acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to move into associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.

Biomedical engineers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2148: Other professional engineers. In Alberta, 86% of people employed in this classification work in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry.

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 5,300 Albertans are employed in the Other professional engineers, n.e.c. occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 95 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As biomedical engineers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for biomedical engineers.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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