Healthcare Technology + Engineering

Healthcare Technology + Engineering


Interested in saving lives and helping people to get healthy?

You don’t have to be a doctor, nurse or physiotherapist. There are lots of interesting jobs that use technology, engineering and science skills in a variety of ways, including:

  • Product development engineers may develop products that help improve people’s health or ability to manage their medical condition. For example, engineers at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare design special breathing equipment.
  • Technical specialists in areas such as medical physics help deliver treatments such as radiotherapy for cancer patients.
  • Biomedical engineers and technicians design, build and maintain medical equipment and surgical instruments, or develop artificial body parts, drugs or treatments for a range of disabilities and diseases.
  • Software developers at companies like Orion Healthcare create easy-to-use IT systems for doctors and other healthcare workers.
  • Biomedical scientists research how the human body works – often at a cell or molecular level – in order to find new medical treatments for diseases and genetic disorders. They may also be involved in evaluating new treatments and in manufacturing diagnostic tests.
  • Environmental scientists measure and analyse the air, soil and water around us, and can provide advice on how to improve our environment in order to lead healthier lives.
  • Food scientists research how we can eat our way to better health, and how we can make sure that our food contains as many health promoting compounds as possible.
  • Specialist technicians maintain and use complex mechanical and electronic medical equipment such as x-rays, MRI and CT scanners, and other imaging equipment.

Key tertiary qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology or Engineering, specialising in Electronics, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Product Development or Software/Computer Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Environmental Science, Food Science, Human Nutrition or Molecular Biosciences

Required and recommended school subjects:

  • Maths, especially Calculus (required for engineering pathways)
  • Physics (required for engineering pathways)
  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Digital Technologies
  • Electronics

Job roles in this industry

  • Biomedical Engineer

    Biomedical Engineer

    Biomedical Scientist

    Biomedical Scientist

    Biotechnologist

    Biotechnologist

    Computer Systems Engineer

    Computer Systems Engineer
  • Design/Product Development Engineer

    Design/Product Development Engineer

    Electronics Engineer/Technician

    Electronics Engineer/Technician

    Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur

    Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur

    Food Scientist

    Food Scientist
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Mechanical Engineer

    Medical Laboratory Scientist

    Medical Laboratory Scientist

    Microbiologist

    Microbiologist

    Physicist or Medical Physicist

    Physicist or Medical Physicist
  • Product Evaluator

    Product Evaluator

    Robotics or Automation Engineer

    Robotics or Automation Engineer

    Software Developer/Engineer

    Software Developer/Engineer

    Software Tester

    Software Tester

Companies and organisations in this industry

  • Aeroqual
    Aeroqual
    Canterbury Health Laboratories
    Canterbury Health Laboratories
    Dynamic Controls
    Dynamic Controls
    Orion Health
    Orion Health
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
    Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

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