CAREER OPPORTUNITIES OF THE GRADUATES
According to WHO (2017), trained and qualified Biomedical Engineering/ Technology professionals are required within health-care systems to design, evaluate, regulate, acquire, maintain, manage and train on safe health technologies. WHO and ILO highly valued the BME/BMT professionals and their salaries are tops.
The graduates of this programme will reasonably fill in the gaps existing in all biomedical establishments/markets, even as self-employed. Career opportunities exist in the following areas:
i. Health-care providers: Their roles can include asset management, equipment selection, installation, training and maintenance, planning of clinical areas for health-care delivery, supporting other healthcare professionals to define appropriate technologies for patient diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation as well as development of specialized instruments or devices for research or treatment and customized, patient-specific devices.
As Clinical Engineers in hospitals, health and fitness centres, ICUs, etc.
As Biomedical Informatics in hospitals, information and health management agencies, etc.
As Medical Rehabilitation Engineers in hospitals, homes, research institutions, etc.
As Biomedical Equipment Managers in health establishments, agencies or centres, etc.
ii. Research and development: They bring together their broad engineering knowledge, coupled with their knowledge of medical practice, the human physiology and body structures to ensure the end result of their collective work is a product that is safe, effective and performs as intended for the benefit of the patient.
Biogenetics used for teaching and research institutions, regenerative medicine.
Bioengineering / Tissue Engineering used in prosthetics, plastic surgery, etc
Biomedical Engineering (BME)/ Technology Education and Research used in tertiary institutions, research centres, etc.
iii. Government: They are also engaged by government such as ministries of health, working on central or regional level health-care technology management, or governmental organizations such as health technology assessment or regulatory agencies, where their skills are applied to the evaluation for selection of public procurement, reimbursement schemes or examination or testing of medical devices to ensure those to be placed on the market are safe and in compliance with international standards and regulatory requirements.
iv. Industry: They are involved in Research and Development (R&D); sales and service and providing after-sales service, like training, maintenance and repair.
Pharmaceutical Technology is useful for biopharmaceutical companies, etc.
BME is useful in medical equipment manufacturing industries.
v. Academic and Training Institutions: BMT graduates may also acquire further education to teach/train in higher institutions. They can also work as technologists.
Biomedical Instrumentation is useful in education and training institutions, etc.