Your degree in Biomedical Engineering

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Biomedical Engineering, you're learning to apply engineering principles and methods to biological systems to address issues affecting human health. You’ll develop important skills to design and develop cutting edge solutions to improve patient care, health, and quality of life.

These skills may include:

  • Application of human physiology, medicine, and engineering to develop cell-based therapeutics from gene therapy to tissue engineered organs

  • Collaboration in multidisciplinary teams to design medical diagnostic equipment and clinical instrumentation

  • Analysis of measurements captured from imaging and electronic sensing technologies such as X-rays, MRIs, and wearable sensors

  • In-depth computational analyses and statistical techniques to understand and interpret complex biological processes

  • Application of the principles of biomechanics to enhance prevention and treatment approaches to injuries and diseases such as the design of orthopaedic implants

  • Analysis of patient health care data to understand diseases and pathophysiology using machine learning

  • Usage of specialized instruments, sensors, and computer programming languages

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including healthcare, research, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical equipment and devices, technology support and training, government or regulatory agencies, consulting, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • AI developer
  • Bioinformatics data scientist
  • Biomechanical engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biomedical engineering technologist
  • Biomedical project engineer
  • Biomedical research engineer
  • Biomedical signal processing engineer
  • Clinical biomedical engineer
  • Engineering scientist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Field services engineer - medical devices
  • Financial analyst – biotechnology sector
  • Firmware engineer
  • Healthcare engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Mechanical design engineer
  • Mechatronic engineer
  • Medical device product engineer
  • Medical doctor
  • Medical equipment sales representative
  • Orthopaedic engineer
  • Product engineer
  • Product safety engineer - medical
  • Professor or lecturer
  • Quality assurance officer
  • Quality control engineer
  • R&D engineer
  • Rehabilitation engineer
  • Risk engineer
  • Robotics software engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Surgical power tools design engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Tissue engineer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Biomedical Engineering graduates on LinkedIn, see where they’re working, and explore their career and academic paths.

More information

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