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Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers

Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological, agricultural, and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals.
    • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
    • Conduct training or in-services to educate clinicians and other personnel on proper use of equipment.
    • Research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs.
    • Develop models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes.
    • Write documents describing protocols, policies, standards for use, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment.
    • Adapt or design computer hardware or software for medical science uses.
    • Advise hospital administrators on the planning, acquisition, and use of medical equipment.
    • Analyze new medical procedures to forecast likely outcomes.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

    • Troubleshooting

      Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.

    • Technology Design

      Making equipment and technology useful for customers.

    • Time Management

      Managing your time and the time of other people.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.

    • Mathematics

      Using math to solve problems.

    • Operation and Control

      Using equipment or systems.

    • Active Learning

      Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.

    • Instructing

      Teaching people how to do something.

    • Learning Strategies

      Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things.

    • Monitoring

      Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.

    • Installation

      Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs.

    • Coordination

      Changing what is done based on other people's actions.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Reading work-related information.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

    • Management of Material Resources

      Managing equipment and materials.

    • Writing

      Writing things for co-workers or customers.

    • Negotiation

      Bringing people together to solve differences.

    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others.

    • Operations Analysis

      Figuring out what a product or service needs to be able to do.

    • Persuasion

      Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior.

    • Systems Evaluation

      Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the right tools.

    • Programming

      Writing computer programs.

    • Equipment Selection

      Deciding what kind of tools and equipment are needed to do a job.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Testing how well a product or service works.

    • Service Orientation

      Looking for ways to help people.

    • Critical Thinking

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Understanding people's reactions.

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems.

    • Management of Financial Resources

      Making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent.

    • Systems Analysis

      Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    7
    Workplace Documents
    7
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Night Vision

      Seeing at night or under low light.

    • Speech Clarity

      Speaking clearly.

    • Visual Color Discrimination

      Noticing the difference between colors, including shades and brightness.

    • Explosive Strength

      Jumping, sprinting, or throwing something.

    • Wrist-Finger Speed

      Making fast, simple, repeated movements of your fingers, hands, and wrists.

    • Written Comprehension

      Reading and understanding what is written.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      Noticing when problems happen.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      Using rules to solve problems.

    • Information Ordering

      Ordering or arranging things.

    • Static Strength

      Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.

    • Dynamic Strength

      Exercising for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

    • Far Vision

      Seeing details that are far away.

    • Sound Localization

      Noticing the direction that a sound came from.

    • Gross Body Coordination

      Moving your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving.

    • Rate Control

      Changing when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

    • Stamina

      Exercising for a long time without getting out of breath.

    • Flexibility of Closure

      Seeing hidden patterns.

    • Visualization

      Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

    • Mathematical Reasoning

      Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.

    • Memorization

      Remembering words, numbers, pictures, or steps.

    • Spatial Orientation

      Knowing where things are around you.

    • Perceptual Speed

      Quickly comparing groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

    • Reaction Time

      Quickly moving your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command.

    • Extent Flexibility

      Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Trunk Strength

      Using your lower back and stomach.

    • Oral Comprehension

      Listening and understanding what people say.

    • Oral Expression

      Communicating by speaking.

    • Originality

      Creating new and original ideas.

    • Number Facility

      Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.

    • Gross Body Equilibrium

      Keeping your balance or staying upright.

    • Manual Dexterity

      Holding or moving items with your hands.

    • Speed of Limb Movement

      Quickly moving your arms and legs.

    • Glare Sensitivity

      Seeing something even if there is a glare or very bright light.

    • Selective Attention

      Paying attention to something without being distracted.

    • Control Precision

      Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

    • Near Vision

      Seeing details up close.

    • Finger Dexterity

      Putting together small parts with your fingers.

    • Hearing Sensitivity

      Telling the difference between sounds.

    • Speed of Closure

      Quickly knowing what you are looking at.

    • Time Sharing

      Doing two or more things at the same time.

    • Peripheral Vision

      Seeing something to your side when your are looking ahead.

    • Response Orientation

      Quickly deciding if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part.

    • Speech Recognition

      Recognizing spoken words.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      Keeping your arm or hand steady.

    • Dynamic Flexibility

      Quickly and repeatedly bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Depth Perception

      Deciding which thing is closer or farther away from you, or deciding how far away it is from you.

    • Auditory Attention

      Paying attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds.

    • Written Expression

      Communicating by writing.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      Coming up with lots of ideas.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.

    • Category Flexibility

      Grouping things in different ways.

    Knowledge

    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Administrative

      Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    • Economics and Accounting

      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

    • Personnel and Human Resources

      Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Geography

      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

    • Sociology and Anthropology

      Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.

    • Philosophy and Theology

      Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

    • Foreign Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • History and Archeology

      Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • Physics

      Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 94290/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 45.33/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 640
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Persistence
    • Achievement/Effort

    Tools

    • Accelerometers
    • Acoustic sensors
    • Air samplers or collectors
    • Amplifiers
    • Analytical balances
    • Autosamplers
    • Bacteria transformation kits
    • Benchtop centrifuges
    • Binocular light compound microscopes
    • Biometric identification equipment
    • Blotting or transfer apparatus
    • Calorimeters
    • Camera based vision systems for automated data collection
    • Cardiac pacemaker generators or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers CRT-P
    • Chemical absorption gas analyzers
    • Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers
    • Circuit tester
    • Complementary deoxyribonucleic acid cDNA synthesis kits
    • Compression testers
    • Computed tomography CT or CAT radiotherapy simulators
    • Deflecting devices
    • Desktop computers
    • Digital camcorders or video cameras
    • Digital cameras
    • Dissolved oxygen meters
    • Drug delivery systems
    • Dry wall single chamber carbon dioxide incubators
    • Dye sublimination printers
    • Dynamometers
    • Electro pneumatic transducers
    • Electroencephalograph EEGs
    • Electrometers
    • Electromyography EMG units
    • Electronic actuators
    • Electronic counters
    • Electronic loads
    • Endoscope maintenance units
    • Extruders
    • Fatigue testers
    • Flame ionization analyzers
    • Flexure or transverse testing machines
    • Flow injection analysis equipment
    • Fluorescent microscopes
    • Fog or mist generators
    • Force or torque sensors
    • Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators
    • Freeze dryers or lyopholizers
    • Frequency calibrator or simulator
    • Gas chromatographs
    • Gas detectors
    • Gas or vapour concentration measuring instruments
    • Gel documentation systems
    • Glass injection moldings
    • HEPA filtered enclosures
    • Hardness testers
    • Hemacytometer sets
    • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography
    • Immunology or serology quality controls or calibrators or standards
    • Impact testers
    • Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers
    • Infrared spectrometers
    • Injection molding machines
    • Instrumentation for capillary electrophoresis
    • Ion chromatographs
    • Isolators
    • Laboratory vacuum pumps
    • Laminar flow cabinets or stations
    • Laser cutting machine
    • Liquid chromatographs
    • Lux or light meter
    • Magnetometers
    • Mass spectrometers
    • Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes
    • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
    • Medical positron emission tomography PET units
    • Medical radiation dosimeters
    • Medical single photon emission computed tomography SPECT units
    • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echocardiograph probes
    • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echocardiograph transducer
    • Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echocardiograph or echocardiograph units for general diagnostic use
    • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
    • Microbiology analyzers
    • Microbiology fermentation equipment
    • Microcontrollers
    • Microplate readers
    • Microplate washers
    • Microplates
    • Microscopic structure estimation apparatus
    • Milling machines
    • Modulators
    • Multimeters
    • Neuromuscular stimulators or kits
    • Notebook computers
    • Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
    • Optical diffraction apparatus
    • Orbital shakers
    • Organic carbon analyzers
    • Oscilloscopes
    • Oxygen sensors
    • Personal computers
    • Phase modulation circuit
    • Photosynthesis measurement apparatus
    • Physiological recorders
    • Piezo electric crystals
    • Plastic injection moldings
    • Pneumatic actuators
    • Pressure indicators
    • Pressure sensors
    • Proton spectrometers
    • Pulse oximeter units
    • Q Meters
    • Rapid amplification or complementary deoxyribonucleic acid ends RACE technology products
    • Reactors or fermenters or digesters
    • Refrigerated and heated reach in environmental or growth chambers
    • Rheometers
    • Robot machines
    • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
    • Scanning electron microscopes
    • Scanning light or spinning disk or laser scanning microscopes
    • Scanning probe microscopes
    • Skinfold calipers
    • Sonometers
    • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
    • Spectrometers
    • Spectrophotometers
    • Spirometers
    • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
    • Sterilization sets
    • Strain gauges
    • Sugar analyzers
    • Surface tension measuring instruments
    • Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers
    • Tensiometers
    • Tension testers
    • Thermocouples
    • Thickness measuring devices
    • Tissue culture apparatus
    • Tissue culture coated plates or dishes or inserts
    • Tissue culture incubators
    • Titration equipment
    • Transmission electron microscopes
    • Treadmills
    • Tweezers
    • Ultra pure water systems
    • Viscosimeters
    • Wattmeters
    • Wave generators
    • Wear testers
    • X ray and fluoroscopy RF radiotherapy planning simulators
    • X ray diffraction equipment
    • pH electrodes
    • pH meters

    Technology

    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Charting software
    • Cloud-based management software
    • Compliance software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Configuration management software
    • Data base reporting software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Development environment software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Enterprise application integration software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Expert system software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Medical software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Office suite software
    • Operating system software
    • Pattern design software
    • Presentation software
    • Process mapping and design software
    • Program testing software
    • Project management software
    • Requirements analysis and system architecture software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Web platform development software
    • Word processing software
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