The Affordable Care Act, changes to Medicare and Medicaid, and the expanding population of U.S. residents over fifty years of age have combined to increase demand in nearly every sector of the healthcare industry. But one area that’s growing faster than others is the medical device industry, whose growth is largely attributed to trying to meet the demands of an aging population.
The medical device industry offers a wide range of career opportunities, and each requires unique education and skills requirements. Here are a few samples of the jobs available in the industry and the education you may need to break into this rapidly expanding career field.
- Biomedical engineer. Biomedical engineering seeks to close the gap between medicine and engineering by applying engineering principles and techniques to diagnosis and treatment. To work as a biomedical engineer in the medical device industry, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related subject. If you want to pursue research or product development, you’ll need a masters or a Ph.D.
- Clinical trial developer. As medical devices are developed, clinical trials are required to ensure the devices are safe and effective. Developing clinical trials generally requires a master’s degree; some universities have begun offering degrees that focus specifically on clinical trial development.
- Quality control. Quality control, quality systems management, and related fields focus on producing devices that work up to expectations. Most companies require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering field to start on the quality control track.
- Intellectual property legal counsel. Those with law degrees may find great work in the medical device industry by handling patent and trademark issues related to the development and marketing of medical devices. Candidates should have a J.D. and an undergraduate background in a science or engineering field.