What You Do

Engineers in the healthcare industry create solutions that help sustain and improve human health. You’ll apply engineering principles to medical problems. You’ll design machines, work on tissue research, biomechanics, and much more. If you’re drawn to the medical field and want to help people, this could be your fit.

Example: You could be making bio bots!
Illinois researcher Rashid Bashir developed muscle-powered mini-robots, only 3 cm in length. Powered by skeletal muscles, the tiny robots could aid in drug-delivery and non-invasive surgery.

Majors & Classes

A variety of engineering disciplines will prepare you for the healthcare field. The three most common degrees are in bioengineering, materials science, and mechanical engineering. Your education will draw heavily from biology, chemistry, and physics. Students in bioengineering tend to go into cell and tissue fields, materials science students go into any number of biomaterials, and mechanical engineering students go into prosthetic and machine design.


  • Lupus researcher at Mayo Clinic
  • Prosthetic arm design for Bionics Co.
  • Developing medicine to reduce osteoporosis for a pharmacy company
  • Research treatments for breast cancer for the National Cancer Institute

Read about Molly’s internship at Mayo Clinic in bioengineering.

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