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Biomedical Engineers

ANZSCO ID 233913

Overview

All Other Engineering Professionals

  • $2,155 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

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

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.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in biomedical engineering to work as a Biomedical Engineer. It is also common to 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.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in biomedical engineering to work as a Biomedical Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Other Engineering Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    87% Skill level

    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. Technical 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.

  6. Physics

    74% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  7. Chemistry

    72% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  8. English language

    70% Skill level

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

  9. Medicine and dentistry

    64% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  10. Mechanical

    59% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  11. Education and training

    57% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  12. Production and processing

    50% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  13. Administration and management

    47% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  14. Sales and marketing

    40% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  15. Customer and personal service

    39% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  16. Clerical

    36% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  17. Personnel and human resources

    36% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  18. Communications and media

    33% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Economics and accounting

    32% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  20. Foreign language

    23% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    77% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Science

    75% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  3. Critical thinking

    70% Skill level

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

  4. Active learning

    70% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  6. Complex problem solving

    66% Skill level

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

  7. Judgment and decision making

    66% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  8. Operations analysis

    66% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  9. Speaking

    64% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  10. Active listening

    63% Skill level

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

  11. Writing

    63% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Instructing

    63% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  13. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  14. Systems evaluation

    59% Skill level

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

  15. Technology design

    59% Skill level

    Designing and improving equipment and technology.

  16. Learning strategies

    57% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Systems analysis

    57% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  18. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  19. Operation monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  20. Time management

    48% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Deductive reasoning

    75% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  2. Oral comprehension

    75% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Written comprehension

    75% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Inductive reasoning

    73% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  5. Oral expression

    73% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Problem spotting

    73% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Originality

    71% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  8. Categorising

    66% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Written expression

    64% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  10. Mathematics

    63% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    63% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  12. Brainstorming

    63% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  13. Visualization

    61% Skill level

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

  14. Near vision

    59% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  15. Working with numbers

    55% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  16. Finger dexterity

    54% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  20. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Making sense of information and ideas

    87% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    86% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    83% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    81% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Thinking creatively

    81% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    80% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Researching and investigating

    74% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    74% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Communicating within a team

    70% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Explaining things to people

    70% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  11. Monitoring people, processes and things

    70% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  12. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    68% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  13. Communicating with the public

    68% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Giving expert advice

    68% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  15. Guiding and directing staff

    68% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    68% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Working with computers

    67% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    64% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    64% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  20. Coming up with systems and processes

    61% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2031.00 - Biomedical Engineers.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    93% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Teamwork

    86% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    81% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Unstructured work

    79% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  9. Contact with people

    77% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  10. Spend time sitting

    76% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  11. Competition

    75% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  12. Impact of decisions

    74% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Letters and memos

    73% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Frequent decision making

    66% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    65% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Time pressure

    65% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Consequence of error

    64% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  18. Public speaking

    60% Important

    Talk to a group of people.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    60% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    58% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    86% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Achievement

    76% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Working conditions

    76% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Recognition

    71% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Relationships

    71% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    38% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2031.00 - Biomedical Engineers.

All Other Engineering Professionals

  • $2,155 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

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

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.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in biomedical engineering to work as a Biomedical Engineer. It is also common to 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.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in biomedical engineering to work as a Biomedical Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Other Engineering Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    87% Skill level

    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. Technical 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.

  6. Physics

    74% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  7. Chemistry

    72% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  8. English language

    70% Skill level

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

  9. Medicine and dentistry

    64% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  10. Mechanical

    59% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  11. Education and training

    57% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  12. Production and processing

    50% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  13. Administration and management

    47% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  14. Sales and marketing

    40% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  15. Customer and personal service

    39% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  16. Clerical

    36% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  17. Personnel and human resources

    36% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  18. Communications and media

    33% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Economics and accounting

    32% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  20. Foreign language

    23% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    77% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Science

    75% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  3. Critical thinking

    70% Skill level

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

  4. Active learning

    70% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  6. Complex problem solving

    66% Skill level

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

  7. Judgment and decision making

    66% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  8. Operations analysis

    66% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  9. Speaking

    64% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  10. Active listening

    63% Skill level

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

  11. Writing

    63% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Instructing

    63% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  13. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  14. Systems evaluation

    59% Skill level

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

  15. Technology design

    59% Skill level

    Designing and improving equipment and technology.

  16. Learning strategies

    57% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Systems analysis

    57% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  18. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  19. Operation monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  20. Time management

    48% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Deductive reasoning

    75% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  2. Oral comprehension

    75% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Written comprehension

    75% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Inductive reasoning

    73% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  5. Oral expression

    73% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Problem spotting

    73% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Originality

    71% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  8. Categorising

    66% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Written expression

    64% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  10. Mathematics

    63% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    63% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  12. Brainstorming

    63% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  13. Visualization

    61% Skill level

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

  14. Near vision

    59% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  15. Working with numbers

    55% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  16. Finger dexterity

    54% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  20. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Making sense of information and ideas

    87% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    86% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    83% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    81% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Thinking creatively

    81% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    80% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Researching and investigating

    74% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    74% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Communicating within a team

    70% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Explaining things to people

    70% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  11. Monitoring people, processes and things

    70% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  12. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    68% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  13. Communicating with the public

    68% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Giving expert advice

    68% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  15. Guiding and directing staff

    68% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    68% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Working with computers

    67% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    64% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    64% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  20. Coming up with systems and processes

    61% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2031.00 - Biomedical Engineers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    93% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Teamwork

    86% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    81% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Unstructured work

    79% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  9. Contact with people

    77% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  10. Spend time sitting

    76% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  11. Competition

    75% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  12. Impact of decisions

    74% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Letters and memos

    73% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Frequent decision making

    66% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    65% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Time pressure

    65% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Consequence of error

    64% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  18. Public speaking

    60% Important

    Talk to a group of people.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    60% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    58% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    86% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Achievement

    76% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Working conditions

    76% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Recognition

    71% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Relationships

    71% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    38% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2031.00 - Biomedical Engineers.
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