Biomedical Engineers apply knowledge and methodology of physics, engineering, mathematics, computing, physical chemistry and materials science to problems in biology and the treatment and prevention of human disease.

Specialisations: Bioengineer, Clinical Engineer, Medical Engineer.

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in biomedical engineering is needed to work as a Biomedical Engineer. Many Biomedical Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Makes surgical equipment and tools for medical practitioners.
  • Installs and tests medical equipment.
  • Examines, maintains and repairs equipment.
  • Carries out quality assurance checks on equipment.
  • Conducts electrical safety checks on equipment.
  • Trains other staff in the use of equipment and gives technical advice and assistance.
  • May give lectures on electrical safety and the application of clinical equipment.
  • May work with other staff to design and develop implants for use during operations such as artificial joints or titanium plates to replace sections of bone in head injuries.

All Other Engineering Professionals

  • $2,155 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Biomedical Engineers

  • 880 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 15% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Biomedical Engineers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 730 in 2011 to 880 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Biomedical Engineers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 15% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance42.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services14.2
Wholesale Trade13.5
Manufacturing13.2
Other Industries17.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBiomedical EngineersAll Jobs Average
NSW35.931.6
VIC28.625.6
QLD13.720.0
SA8.87.0
WA9.510.8
TAS1.22.0
NT0.51.0
ACT1.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBiomedical EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-245.5-9.39.3
25-3432.0-22.922.9
35-4428.9-22.022.0
45-5417.2-21.621.6
55-598.1-9.09.0
60-644.8-6.06.0
65 and Over3.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationBiomedical EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate26.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree42.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV10.1-21.121.1
Year 123.3-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in biomedical engineering is needed to work as a Biomedical Engineer. Many Biomedical Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and Technology

    87% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Biology

    86% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  3. Mathematics

    82% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Design

    77% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  5. Computers and Electronics

    77% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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  1. Electronic Mail

    99% Important

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  2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    93% Important

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  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Telephone

    89% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    86% Important

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