HTM Job Summaries
Biomedical Equipment Technicians (BMETs)
- What: BMETs are responsible for repairing and maintaining highly specialized machines and instruments such as defibrillators, heart monitors, electric wheelchairs, and medical imaging equipment (x rays, CAT scanners, and ultrasound equipment). They also repair, calibrate, and safety test the equipment in order to ensure proper function and safety for both the operator and the patient.
- Where: Although medical equipment repairers usually work during the day, they are sometimes expected to be on call, including nights and weekends. Work can take place in a hospital, a clinic, or a manufacturing company.
- Education Requirements: Employers generally prefer candidates who have an associate’s degree in biomedical technology or engineering. Depending on the area of specialization, a bachelor’s degree may be needed, especially for advancement.
- Outlook: Employment is projected to grow 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Greater demand for healthcare services and the use of increasingly complex medical equipment will drive employment growth. Those who have an associate’s degree in biomedical equipment technology or engineering should have the best job opportunities.
- What: Clinical engineering is defined by American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) as "a professional who supports and advances patient care by applying engineering and managerial skills to healthcare technology." Clinical Engineering is also recognized by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the major professional organization for biomedical engineering, as being a branch within Biomedical Engineering.
- Where: Clinical Engineers may work in a hospital, shared service organization, asset management firm, or in the medical device industry.
- Education Requirements: Clinical Engineering education is based in classical engineering, supplemented with a combination of courses in physiology, human factors, systems analysis, medical terminology, measurement, and instrumentation. It is often capped with a practicum or internship in a university hospital setting, giving the student a firm grounding in hospital operations, protocols, and ethics.
- Outlook: According to CNN Money, job growth over the next ten years (2012 -2022) is 61.7%. It was also ranked as #54 on the list of the 100 best jobs in the U.S.
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Biomedical Engineers (BMEs)
- What: Biomedical engineers analyze and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine, with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care.
- Where: Biomedical engineers work in manufacturing, universities, hospitals, research facilities of companies and educational and medical institutions, teaching, and government regulatory agencies. They usually work full time.
- Education Requirements: Biomedical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from an accredited program to enter the occupation. Alternatively, they can get a bachelor’s degree in a different field of engineering and then either get a graduate degree in biomedical engineering or get on-the-job training in biomedical engineering.
- Outlook: Employment of biomedical engineers is expected to grow by 62 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be strong because an aging population is likely to need more medical care and because of increased public awareness of biomedical engineering advances and their benefits.