How to start a career as a biomedical engineer after 12th Science


Want to pursue biomedical engineering after completing Class 12 in the science stream? Looking for a list of top institutes in India offering undergraduate and post graduate biomedical engineering courses? This article is a useful guide to know what course to do after 12th Science for a career in biomedical engineering and which colleges & universities offer the course. You will also get information on the type of government and private sector jobs for biomedical engineers in India.

One of the career options for science students completing Class 12 is to pursue studies in Biomedical Engineering. This is an interdisciplinary field which combines various areas of engineering, medical and biological sciences. Interested? Learn how to get on this career path –

The work profile of a Biomedical Engineer

To give a brief idea of what's on the work front, a biomedical engineer uses special computer software and algorithms to create and develop information systems and devices which would greatly help towards the diagnosis and treatment of a patient. A manufacturer of a medical device would avail the services of a biomedical engineer to check the viability & efficacy of the device.

A biomedical engineer may specialize in a specific field, such as biomechanics, bioinstrumentation, clinical engineering, medical imaging, etc.



Job opportunities and pay scale

In the medical and health sector, biomedical engineers can get employed in hospitals and in companies which manufacture devices for the healthcare industry, such as for medical imaging. In the government sector, there may be openings for research & development in the labs of public health organizations. Those keen on teaching can take up faculty positions in IITs and reputed universities.

As a fresher who has just completed engineering, you can apply for a position in a private hospital with a starting salary of up to 20k. Once you add about four to five years of experience to your C.V., you can earn in the range of 30k to 40k and with a promotion to the position of Head the Department, you can earn over 60k.

Before you get all enamoured by those monetary figures, though, you need to have the requisite educational qualification, not to mention some important skills.

The skills

There is no point in entering the field of biomedical engineering if you do not have an aptitude for mathematics and an interest in biology. What's more, you should be able to critically analyze data with zeal to investigate and be innovative too. Maintaining records may be a chore, but this is essential of course. It goes without saying that knowledge of computers is a must, as also good communication skills.

The academic background

Once you complete your school education, you need to pursue studies in the science stream at the 10+2 level. Immediately thereafter, you have a number of academic options which could lead you on to the career path of biomedical engineering. Here's what you can do:
  1. Enrol for a recognized 4-year degree program in engineering. This ideally should be a B.E. or B.Tech. in Biomedical Engineering.

  2. In case you pursue an undergraduate course in mechanical/electrical/chemical/electronics/computer engineering, then you would need to do a Post Graduate course in Biomedical Engineering. A Post Graduate course in Medical Technology is also acceptable.

  3. Those completing their MBBS degree can enter the field of biomedical engineering by completing a Post Graduate course in Biomedical Engineering or in Medical Engineering or in Medical Technology.

  4. If you are keen on doing a B.Sc. course, then pursue B.Sc.BME, which is a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, and then follow it up with a Master's degree in the same field.

  5. A Ph.D. in Biomedical engineering is good to pursue for those interested in research work in the field. Look out for research fellowships with stipends that are offered by universities or State governments.




The Foundation - Where to start

Biomedical engineering has been introduced as an academic program in some colleges and universities since about the last 5 to 6 years. Those interested in the research field can also apply for Ph.D. programs in the field. It is advisable to check whether it is an AIC TE approved course before applying for admission.

For a start, here are some institutes where you can pursue the stream of biomedical engineering at the UG or PG level:
  1. Osmania University Hyderabad: The University's Biomedical Instrumentation Centre offers: (i) UG program - B.E (Biomedical Engineering); (ii) PG program - M.E (Biomedical Electronics); (iii) Doctoral Program – Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering)

  2. Banaras Hindu University Institute of Technology (IIT-BHU): This Varanasi-based University offers a 5-year Dual Degree program, wherein you can pursue a B.Tech. (Bioengineering) and an M.Tech. (Biomedical Technology). The university also offers an M.Tech. program in Biomedical Engineering.
    Website: http://iitbhu.ac.in/

  3. Netaji Subhash Engineering College: Located in Kolkata, West Bengal this reputed engineering college offers a 4-year B.Tech course in biomedical engineering.
    Website: http://www.nsec.ac.in/

  4. VIT University: One of the most well-known & popular universities in South India, located at Vellore, Tamil Nadu, VIT offers a biomedical engineering course at both the UG (B.Tech.) and PG (M.Tech.) levels.
    Website: http://www.vit.ac.in/

  5. SRM University: This Kancheepuram-based university in Tamil Nadu offers B.Tech, M.Tech, and Ph.D programmes in biomedical engineering.
    Website: http://www.srmuniv.ac.in/

  6. IIT Bombay: One of the top IITs in India, you can pursue the M.Tech. (Biomedical Engineering) program here.


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