staying with chem engineering or switching to bio engineering

Hello :)
I am currently doing my bachelor in chemical engineering and I absolutely love it. However, my future goal is to go into the medical tech area, so designing machines used in hospitals or designing implants, etc. However, I am unsure whether I should specialise to biomedical engineering in my master or stay in chemical engineering and just go more into the biotech area of the field. What do you think?
Thank you!
posted by Krissi on January 10, 2016

Answer by Santiana Jean-Baptiste

Congratulations to you Krissi! 

Biomedical and Chemical Engineering are two wonderful fields to pursue a career with longevity and promise.  If you are looking to diversify your expertise, seeking a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering will definitely set you apart.  Additionally, your career path will be limitless as you will be more marketable to prospective employers.  Please note, however, it’s all based on the effort you put in to actually interning/Co-Oping while in College.  You must gain experience so that you have a very good understanding of how industry work life feels to you, not to mention, this will give you more awareness on your overall career vision as you complete your studies.  For example, I received my undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and took Masters level courses in Biomedical Engineering.  I was involved with organizations such as Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).  By engaging in these organizations I went to conferences which allowed me to network and meet people who were recruiting for Summer Internships and Co-Ops.  Once you begin working in Corporate America you will find a vast majority of options as to how you can apply your expertise to leverage your success.  I was able to leverage the experience that I had accumulated while in College which helped me pinpoint the type of industry I wanted to apply to, in effort to land my first job right out of college.  Thankfully, all the hard work was worth it, as I received a job offer soon after graduating.

Krissi, I can tell, you are already a success.  Your drive and determination exudes as you take initiative to reach out.  Remember to continue to ask these types of questions wherever you go.  I’m so very proud of you, Krissi!  Keep up the outstanding work. I’m rooting for you!

Santiana JB