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Clinical or Biomedical Engineer

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Clinical or biomedical engineers design and develop a wide range of medical equipment and devices such as x-ray machines, scanners and miniature cameras or mobility aids such as artificial limbs and wheelchairs. They can also work in the fields of nuclear medicine, and vascular measurement. They may work in research and manufacture or in health care delivery, combining their knowledge of technology, materials and human anatomy.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for a postgraduate trainee clinical or biomedical engineers in the NHS start on Band 6, £27,635 to £37,000 a year. After successful HCPC registration, you would go on to Band 7, £32,974 to £43,471 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2018. Salaries in the private sector may be higher.

There are some opportunities to progress to Band 9, £82,611 to £104,050 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Entry is competitive. Most career opportunities are in the National Health Service (NHS). There are also jobs in private sector health care, in the health care industries, universities, manufacturing companies and in teaching and research.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
5744
1.2 %
RISE
2023
5812
  United Kingdom
2018
67676
2.4 %
RISE
2023
69274

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Dramatherapist; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
Tel: 01904 610821
E-mail: membership@ipem.org.uk
Website: http://www.ipem.ac.uk/
Twitter: @ipemnews

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council promotes the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of and education in science, technology, mathematics, computing and information technology. It awards the designation of Chartered Scientist (CSci) to those candidates who can meet the high standards required.

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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