Bioengineering in The Pandemic Times: Top Career Demands

The world is going through an unprecedented crisis because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The disease already afflicts over 9 million people, and millions have lost their lives.

Unfortunately, the cases continue to grow unabated worldwide. China already sees the virus resurgence in Beijing while India has jumped up to the third spot. Like other viruses such as HIV, SERS, and Ebola, experts believe coronavirus is here to stay forever. Amid such gloom, there have been massive job losses and pay cuts around the world. While almost all sectors are severely affected, there are a few ones that arethriving . Bioengineering is the one that emerges above the rest and holds a great promise in the field of public healthcare sector.

Let's delve deep into the insights on career prospects in bioengineering

What is bioengineering?

Bioengineering is an applied field of bioscience and engineering that encompasses engineering, biology, healthcare, and medicine. The area is a boon to those who have an affinity for both biosciences and engineering streams. Since Bioengineering offers the best of both worlds, it is fast becoming a globally expanding discipline.Bioengineering lies on the foundation of basic sciences. The foundation is made of four pillars: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. It is an amalgamation of multiple engineering streams, ranging from computers, electronics, chemical, nanotechnology and mechanical.

What do Bioengineers do?
Bioengineers have a world of openings across various industry verticals. A Bioengineer is responsible for conceptualizing, developing, designing, and improving medical devices, developing diagnostic kits, aid in robotic surgeries.

  • They play an essential role in defining procedures for the efficient diagnosis, operation, and treatment of different diseases.
  • Since World War-II, bioengineers have played a key role in developing prosthetics, artificial limbs, imaging machines, and a plethora of medical devices that are widely used today across the hospitals in the world.
  • Bioengineers are responsible for evaluating the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of biomedical devices that go into the manufacturing cycle
  • They also do data engineering in IT and healthcare domains such as telemedicine.

Where do Bioengineers work?
After finishing your bioengineering degree, you can choose to work in the PSUs and the private sector in India and abroad. There are lots of opportunities in industries for innovating, designing and developing new technologies. One can also join research institutions and universities as a bioengineer responsible for innovation, designing, and developing new technologies in frontier areas of research. There are numerous international research institutions, medical device consulting firms and pharmaceutical companies which offer very lucrative employment opportunities to talented bioengineers.
Exciting job profiles for Bioengineering aspirants:

  • Clinical Engineers
  • Bio-instrumentation Engineer
  • Research Scientists
  • Business Managers
  • Technical Writers
  • Bio-mechanics Engineers
  • Patent Analyst
  • Professors/Teachers
  • Biomaterials Engineers

Here is the list of top recruiters:

  • Zydus Cadilla
  • Cipla
  • Stryker Global Technology Center
  • Deloitte Consulting India Pvt Ltd
  • SiemensHealthineers
  • Wipro GE
  • Phillips Healthcare
  • Eurofins, Bangalore
  • Tata Elxsi
  • Getinge

Courses offered at MIT School of Bioengineering Sciences and Research
Graduate Course:
Bachelor of Technology in Bioengineering - 4 years
Post Graduate Course:

Integrated Masters Program in Bioengineering - 5 years

M.Tech. in Environmental Bioengineering - 2 years

Why Choose MIT School of Bioengineering Sciences and Research?

MIT School of Bioengineering Sciences and Research offers several compelling reasons for you to study here. Some of the reasons are enumerated below:

  • Super Specialized Courses: Pharmaceutical engineering, synthetic biology, big data analytics, biosensors and IoT, biomedical imaging, biomechanics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics.
  • Focus on hands-on, project-based learning.
  • Collaboration with industry for the creation of syllabus, guest lectures, tutorials, industrial projects, etc.
  • Well trained faculty with interdisciplinary knowledge.
  • State-of-the-art laboratories.
  • A rich library with access to the latest online journals and proprietary software.
  • Internships in industries and premium research institutes.

Bioengineers are in high demand globally because of the Coronavirus pandemic. As mentioned above, just like other ailments, coronavirus is also here to stay forever. Governments, private entities, research organizations, universities, pharma companies, among other institutions, will need to find effective ways to deal with this deadly virus. Already hundreds of institutions around the world are working overtime to find a cure and vaccine.

Pandemic or no pandemic, the prospects of bioengineers will stay bright in the years to come as people are becoming more health conscious thereby making this sector recession proof.
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