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Medical engineers incorporate the principles of engineering with medical research and development of medical treatments, applications, and diagnostic equipment.

Job Specification, Salary, Outlook

Professionals in this field are often employed by medical centres, drug manufacturers, research facilities, and government agencies. Projects that medical engineers work on can include prosthetic limbs, artificial organs and computer-operated treatment and procedures.

So how much do medical engineering professionals earn? It depends on several factors, but the average salary for medical engineering roles in the United States is $86,220. Factors that affect the level of salary include job location, technical skills, subject knowledge, on-the-job experience, and academic background. In the United Kingdom, the average annual salary for medical engineers is £28,131. 

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with teams to test and validate prototypes
  • Designing, developing, and testing all aspects of medical components and equipment
  • Analysing preventive, failure, and corrective action to respond to customer complaints
  • Liaising with research and development scientists
  • Translating inputs from R&D into workable design options suitable for in vitro and in vivo applications
  • Performing independent research 
  • Installing, adjusting, maintaining, repairing, or providing technical support for medical equipment
  • Reporting research results through oral presentation, scientific publication, and formal documents explaining industry contracts and funded proposals
  • Demonstrating and explaining proper operation of equipment to medical personnel
  • Suggesting new biomedical purchases for hospitals and medical centres

There are a wide range of specialisms in medical engineering:

  • Surgical instruments and devices
  • Tissue engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Neural engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Telehealth
  • Biosignal processing
  • Medical imaging
  • Computerized modelling

Key Skills & Qualifications

Aspiring medical engineers should obtain a degree in engineering, chemistry, physics, or biology. For those looking to progress to senior roles, a master's degree or Ph.D. in medical engineering may give you competitive edge. A master’s degree can take up to 2 years to complete, while a Ph.D. can extend up to 7 years.

Required Job Skills

  • Solid written skills for publishing research data in professional medical journals
  • Communication skills for presenting research findings
  • Ability to solve problems and make objective decisions, considering all options and assessing viability
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Commitment to quality
  • The ability to prioritize tasks and to meet deadlines 
  • The capability to write reports with minimal supervision