Biomedical Engineering In The Healthcare Field

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As technology increasingly develops, more research on studying human genetics becomes present. Genetics are becoming a more popular part of the healthcare field, even though many people do not know about it. Genetic counseling is a growing career in the healthcare system. Genetic counseling is not the sort of counseling somebody receives after a tragic event, or when somebody breaks the law, but genetic counseling has to do with inheriting diseases and traits that are passed from one generation to the next. “Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects” ("Healthcare Occupations"). Genetic counseling work falls under the category of communication work because …show more content…
Engineering careers vary, but biomedical engineering bridges the gap between the mathematically skilled engineering careers and the healthcare system. Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare ("Healthcare Occupations"). Biomedical engineers are considered behind the scenes workers because they do not usually meet directly with patients. They also do not usually meet with other healthcare workers, but work on equipment for patients. Some may work with patients, only to fit prosthetics on parts of bodies. Often times biomedical engineers are not even considered a member of the healthcare system because they do not always work in hospitals and health clinics. This type of engineering is often compared to others because a biomedical engineer is making something out of material, similar to mechanical engineers. However, biomedical engineers are very much a part of the healthcare system because they help people with medical issues and improve medical equipment. In addition, as the technology of prosthetics becomes more popular biomedical engineers will become a more prominent occupation in the healthcare system. Skills involved in becoming a biomedical engineer include mathematics, physics, ability to use …show more content…
The healthcare system will always be an important part of the human society because as long as people live their will be health concerns and risks that lead to medical treatment. Many people categorize jobs in the healthcare system as where they work, or using prefixes like doctors and nurses. In this case, jobs in the healthcare system are classified into hands on work, communication work, and behind the scenes work. In nearly all cases of jobs there is an overlap of more than one kind of work. No one job in the world does not use any hands on skills, communication skill, and behind the scenes work. In the day of a physician, speech therapist, or biomedical engineer there will be times in which they use all three skills, but the jobs will use their specific skills more than other skills. In addition to overlapping skillsets, from a patient's view there are also times in which they will meet with more than one type of worker in a day. For example, a mother may meet with a physician to run tests, perhaps an ultrasound, on her pregnancy, and then the same day may meet with a genetic counselor to talk about risks she may face with inherited diseases of her baby. The doctor using the ultrasound is using hands on work, the ultrasound machine was made by biomedical engineers, and the genetic counselor uses communication work to discuss genetic information. In

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