Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary study in which biomedical and engineering sciences are applied innovatively to solve health and medical problems for the benefit of mankind. There is a growing worldwide recognition that biomedical engineering will have an enormous impact on the upcoming improvement of health services and the emergence of new industries of biomedical-related products. Biomedical engineers will play key roles in designing innovative medical instruments and sensors, deploying the emerging infrastructure for health informatics, creating new biomaterials, and developing new medical biotechnologies.
Biomedical engineering is a growing industry with a strong career outlook. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the biomedical engineering career field is increasing at about 26% per year through 2012, one of the few industries with positive growth even at times of global economic recession. The demand for skilled biomedical engineers, working alongside with physicians and therapists, is projected to rise as the healthcare field continues its rapid growth and the role of technology in diagnostic, therapeutic and research activities continues to expand. Today biomedical engineering is pushing the frontiers of science and technology by using bioactive materials, electronics, photonics, and information technology to solve imminent problems in biology and medicine. Examples include medical instruments such as MRI, electrocardiography, cardiac pacemaker and non-invasive endoscope. Minimally invasive bio-devices are also developed on the micro- and nano-scale to enable measurement of physiological phenomena at the cellular level.