Prior to the 2013 graduating year the Bioengineering course was known as Biomedical Engineering, so information on this site will reflect this change and will use the terms biomedical engineering and bioengineering interchangeably.
Over the past three years, the majority of graduates from Bioengineering courses have continued into further research and study at Masters or PhD level specialising in particular areas of biomedical research, including tissue engineering, materials engineering, medical physics or automated control systems engineering
Those who have entered related engineering employment have secured roles such as design engineer, mechanical engineer, trainee clinical scientist, physics support technician and dermatological tester in metal and alloys.
Outside of the engineering sector a small number of graduates have entered other fields of employment including finance, retail and broader managerial roles.
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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates
Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.
Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.
This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling or taking time out.
Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.
Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject
As your course covers modules from different engineering and science disciplines including mechanical engineering, electronics engineering or materials science, you may find it helpful to start exploring your options by reading these sections of the Prospects website and develop ideas on how you can best use your degree.
It is anticipated that careers related to bioengineering are an area of potential growth in the coming years. Bioengineers work in a number of different sectors and settings including hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing, medical instrument development and many others. Each of these settings provides the opportunity to look at different options such as clinical engineering, medical imaging, bioinstrumentation and research and development.
Such careers will involve activities like designing equipment and observing trials prior to making modifications, fabricating and testing of new products, and producing reports. Linked to the options you have taken within your programme of study, your future could include designing instruments, looking to work on the advancements related to repairing diseased tissue, being involved in the development of new drug manufacture, or developing related software and new procedures.
This guide produced by Targetjobs, should help you think about the skills you have and the jobs they can be applied to.
This part of Prospects includes profiles covering a wide range of occupations, including job descriptions, salary, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.
Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest
We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.
Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.
Other suggested vacancy sources
- NHS Jobsite
- The Engineer
- Engineering Jobs
- ResearchGate - a professional network for engineers, scientists and researchers. Includes a large number of vacancies
LinkedIn Groups for Bioengineers
- Biomedical Engineering
- Biomedical Engineer Jobs
- Entry Level Biomedical Engineers
- Medical Devices group - with subgroups for Careers, UK and Ireland and other countries.
- Sheffield City Region LEP Healthtech Sector Group
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