Biomedical Engineering Sciences: career prospects for graduates

The tremendous significance of healthcare, institutional patient care, medical technology, and medical research in both the public and private sector creates constant demand for experts with a high-quality education. Therefore, along with traditional medical technology in hospitals, there is also a tremendous need for specialists in the fields of medical IT systems, health informatics, and telemedicine. In addition to these areas, there are also highly interesting and important positions available in laboratory medicine for graduates of this degree program. Accordingly, graduates have excellent job prospects after completing the Biomedical Engineering master’s degree program. 

Where are graduates employed?

  • Manufacturers of medical equipment and systems
  • Hospitals and doctors’ offices
  • Medical, medical technology, and biomedical labs
  • Providers of medical software
  • Suppliers of and support for medical technology equipment
  • Public sector
  • University-based research and development
  • Pharmaceuticals industry
  • CIO (chief information officer in the healthcare sector)
  • Telemedicine, telemonitoring, teleoperation technology

What jobs and functions do graduates perform?

  • Product manager
  • Certification manager or regulatory issues manager
  • Risk manager, reliability manager
  • Quality manager
  • Employee in medical technology departments
  • IT risk manager
  • Employee in research and development departments
  • Interdisciplinary, application-oriented computer scientist
  • Supervisor in research and development
  • Employee, advisor, or consultant in organizations such as government ministries and testing institutes
  • Employee, advisor, or consultant in the health insurance sector
  • Employee in university-based research and development
  • IT risk manager
  • Imaging and information system manager

 What are some of their typical tasks and activities? 

Medical technology in healthcare

Instructing and training technical and medical personnel as well as other users in the use of complex medical equipment and systems; planning, implementing, and providing ongoing services related to the operation of complex medical technology equipment and installations; planning and installing medical technology equipment and technical building systems; equipment management and maintenance in hospitals

Medical technology at manufacturing companies

Production, testing, optimization, sales and marketing, and support for medical equipment and software; marketing, service, advisory, consulting, and sales and distribution for medical technology equipment, e.g. medical equipment and systems for clinics and doctors’ offices

Research and development

Research and development for new medical and medical technology equipment and processes; project management in clinical research and development; university-based research and development into medical technology equipment, IT solutions, and bioinformatics solutions; solving less complex problems related to automation, robotics, and mechatronics in the medical or biological sciences environment, for example for the automation of chemical and biological analyses and syntheses; planning and implementing clinical studies, ethics commission; automated analysis of large data volumes from clinical studies up to and including statistical statements; research and development in the field of telemedicine, telemonitoring, teleradiology, telepathology, telesurgery, and telerobotics

IT in healthcare

Strategic planning and operation of HIS (hospital information systems [electronic health record]); integrating IT subsystems into new and existing systems; developing and implementing data exchange standards; interorganizational networking of medical facilities; developing and implementing efficient data protection guidelines; integrating wireless communication, video technology, and networks in medical technology systems; applying computer science methods in order to find innovative solutions to interdisciplinary problems in the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry, and pharmacy; analyzing sensor and image data using computer science methods; applying methods of pattern recognition and artificial intelligence; participating (in a managerial function) in the planning, construction, and operation of telemedicine centers

Requirements / Requirements engineering

Identifying user requirements in the healthcare sector and preparing documentation in a structured, technically suitable form; developing and documenting system and equipment requirements based on user needs

Quality assurance, risk and legal issues, administration in healthcare

Planning, implementing, and monitoring compliance measures related to the Austrian Medical Devices Act (Medizinproduktegesetz) and similar legislation and standards; planning and performing risk and reliability analyses for medical equipment, pharmaceutical products, IT networks, and IT solutions; performing quality management and quality assurance, e.g. for standardized equipment calibration; preparing studies and providing technical and expert support for public institutions such as government ministries or health insurance providers