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17-2031.00 - Biomedical Engineers

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

Sample of reported job titles: Biomedical Electronics Technician, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Engineering Director, Biomedical Engineering Technician, Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET), Biomedical Manager, Biomedical Technician, Clinical Engineer, Professor, Research Engineer

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Tasks

  • Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design and develop medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and biobehavioral sciences. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Teach biomedical engineering or disseminate knowledge about field through writing or consulting. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adapt or design computer hardware or software for medical science uses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose and interpret bioelectric data, using signal processing techniques. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design and deliver technology to assist people with disabilities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Manage team of engineers by creating schedules, tracking inventory, creating and using budgets, and overseeing contract obligations and deadlines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Advise and assist in the application of instrumentation in clinical environments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write documents describing protocols, policies, standards for use, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Accelerometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Acoustic sensors — Acoustic measurement systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Amplifiers — Bio-signal amplifiers; Radio frequency amplifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bacteria transformation kits — Bacteria-based biosensors; Rapid toxicity testing systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges — Centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Biometric identification equipment — Bio-sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Camera based vision systems for automated data collection — Eye tracking devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P — Defibrillator testing devices; Pacemaker analyzers; Pacemaker testing devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tester — Circuit analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compression testers — Material tension/compression testing devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Computed tomography CT or CAT radiotherapy simulators — Maskless photolithography equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Deflecting devices — Deflectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras — High-speed digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dissolved oxygen meters — Dissolved oxygen polarographic measurement devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drug delivery system or accessories — Micropumps; Microvalves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dye sublimination printers — Sublimation printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electro pneumatic transducers — Pressure transducers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electroencephalograph EEG or accessories — Electroencephalography EEG equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrometers — Biomedical device electrical safety testers; Electrosurgery testing devices; Pressure and temperature measurement devices; Ventilator performance analyzers (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electromyography EMG units or accessories — Electromyographs EMG See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic actuators — Motion actuators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic loads — Load sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endoscope maintenance units or accessories — Endovascular stent-graft testing instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fatigue testers — Cardiovascular prosthetic device testers; Material fatigue and dynamics characterization devices; Servopneumatic axial test instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flexure or transverse testing machines — Finger joint flexure testers; Multi-axis kinematic knee simulators; Spine simulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow injection analysis equipment — Flow control devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fluorescent microscopes — Fluorescence microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Force or torque sensors — Strain gauge conditioners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators — Incubators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Frequency calibrator or simulator — Bio-signal simulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas or vapour concentration measuring instruments — Gas flow control systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glass injection moldings — Glass micromolds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hardness testers — Hardness testing devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hemacytometer sets — Molecular cytosensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • HEPA filtered enclosures — Biosafety cabinets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Immunology or serology quality controls or calibrators or standards — Immuno-sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers — Plasma excitation chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared spectrometers — Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Injection molding machines — Plastic injection molding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Isolators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory vacuum pumps — Molecular vacuum pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser cutting machine — Laser ablation machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetometers — Superconducting quantum interference devices SQUID See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes — Optical coherence tomography OCT scanners; Optical tomographic imaging scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners — Biomagnetic imaging scanners; Functional magnetic resonance imaging fMRI scanners; Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems; Ultra high speed magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanner machines (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical positron emission tomography PET units — Positron emission tomography PET scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiation dosimeters — Radiation compliance testing devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical single photon emission computed tomography SPECT units — Single photon emission computed tomography SPECT scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo probes — Ultrasound indention probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories — Ultrasound transducers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use — Ultrasonic testing apparatus; Ultrasound imaging scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use — X ray machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — Basic stamp microcontrollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microplate readers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microplate washers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microplates — Microplating equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microscopic structure estimation apparatus — Microfluidic networks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Modulators — Acousto-optic modulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Neuromuscular stimulators or kits — Grass stimulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH electrodes — Electrode bevelers; Electrode pullers; Electroplating apparatus; Microelectrodes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Phase modulation circuit — Frequency shifters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Physiological recorders — Activity monitoring devices; Polygraph recorders; Torsiometers; Two-point discriminators (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Piezo electric crystals — Piezoelectric ceramic transducers; Piezoelectric sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plastic injection moldings — Micromolding lithography equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic actuators — Servopneumatic actuators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Environmental conditions measurement devices; Force platforms; Pinch gauges; Posturographic measurement systems (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Proton spectrometers — Electrical particle detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Q Meters — Quantum-based switching applications Q-switch electron waveguides See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rapid amplification or complementary deoxyribonucleic acid ends RACE technology products — Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Robot machines — Biomimetic robots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning electron microscopes — Multi-photon microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning probe microscopes — Scanning probe microscopes SPM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skinfold calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sonometers — Digital sonomicrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — Spectrofluorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers — Optical particle detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies — Spirometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sterilization sets — Sterilization-in-place equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Strain gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface tension measuring instruments — Pulsating bubble surfactometers PBS See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tension testers — Prosthetic limb testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Anthropometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tissue culture apparatus — Soft materials in-vitro simulation system See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tissue culture coated plates or dishes or inserts — Polymer matrices; Polymer scaffolds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tissue culture incubators — Bioreactors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transmission electron microscopes — Micromanipulation microrheology microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Treadmills — Physical conditioning treadmill exercisers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tweezers — Optical traps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Viscosimeters — Cone-plate viscometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wattmeters — Ultrasound wattmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wave generators — Arbitrary waveform generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wear testers — Spinal disk implant wear testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray and fluoroscopy RF radiotherapy planning simulators — X ray lithography equipment See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — SNOINO Ttree; Stratasys FDM MedModeler; The MathWorks MATLAB; Wolfram Research Mathematica (see all 45 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Charting software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Compliance software — Equipment compliance testing software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Mathsoft Mathcad; SolidWorks CAD software; ViewLogic software; Zuken software (see all 11 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — Rapid prototyping software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Configuration management software — IBM Rational ClearCase See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Failure rate database software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — Advanced computer simulation language ACSL; C; Hardware description language HDL; National Instruments LabVIEW (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML; Rapid application development RAD software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — Electromyograph analysis software; Gait analysis software; Medical information software; Virtual instrument software (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++ See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Pattern design software — Diagramming software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Program testing software — Defect tracking software; System testing software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project; Project estimation software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Requirements analysis and system architecture software — IBM Rational RequisitePro; Requirements management software; Unified modeling language UML See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Web platform development software — Hypertext markup language HTML; JavaScript See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Interpret design or operational test results. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise customers on the use of products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install instrumentation or electronic equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research engineering aspects of biological or chemical processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop software or computer applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare procedural documents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design alternative energy systems. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 95% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 53% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 65% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 47% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 60% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 60% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 75% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 40% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 70% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 50% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 50% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 53% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 53% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 37% responded “Fairly serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Public Speaking — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 58% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
45   Bachelor's degree
35   Master's degree
20   Doctoral degree

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Biomedical/Medical Engineering

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IR

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $41.81 hourly, $86,950 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 19,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 10,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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