Biomedical Physics: What Can You Do & Salaries?

In summary, the conversation discusses the field of biophysics and its potential at universities. The speakers mention looking into the specific courses and curriculum for this major, researching biophysical projects at institutes such as AMOLF, and the use of optical tweezers in studying cell movement. They also express curiosity about the unique courses and textbooks related to biophysics and the necessary coursework for conducting research in this area.
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Pengwuino
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What exactly is this field guys? My friend is kinda interested in going into our universities new biomed physics program. What can you do with a bs/ms/phd? What are the salaries like and what are teh jobs like?
 
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biophysics

I'm also planning in studying that in depth, I think what you should look into are the individual courses that you'll be taking for that major - look under the 'typical 4 year curriculum' and post the specific courses and descriptions here
 
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Look here http://www.amolf.nl/ under research, they carry out biophysical research projects at the institute.
 
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Well its a friend who doing it... so she can go find out herself :D
 
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i also wonder what courses in 'biophysics' are unique to just this major?? and which physics courses are they taking? and are there actually any textbooks with title such as 'biophysics', or no such thing?

also, there is research at my school on this 'optical tweezers', i.e. devising techniques to observe how structures inside the cells move. i wonder if someone could explain in more detail what such research involves, and what kind of courses an undergrad student would need to have in order to do research in that area and actually find it a useful educational experience? i just know that the prof doing that research teaches optics. but what about other physics courses?
 

Related to Biomedical Physics: What Can You Do & Salaries?

1. What is biomedical physics and what can you do with a degree in this field?

Biomedical physics is a branch of physics that applies principles and methods of physics to the study of biological systems and medical technology. With a degree in biomedical physics, you can work in various fields such as medical imaging, radiation therapy, biotechnology, and medical device development.

2. What are the job opportunities for someone with a degree in biomedical physics?

There are many job opportunities for someone with a degree in biomedical physics. Graduates can work in hospitals, research institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device companies. They can also pursue careers in academia, teaching and conducting research in universities and colleges.

3. What is the average salary for someone working in the field of biomedical physics?

The average salary for someone working in the field of biomedical physics varies depending on their specific job title, level of experience, and location. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for medical physicists, a common career path for biomedical physics graduates, was $142,160 in May 2020.

4. What skills are necessary to succeed in the field of biomedical physics?

To succeed in the field of biomedical physics, one must have a strong foundation in physics, mathematics, and biology. Attention to detail, critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills are also essential. Additionally, good communication and teamwork skills are important as biomedical physicists often work in multidisciplinary teams.

5. How can one advance their career in biomedical physics?

To advance their career in biomedical physics, individuals can pursue higher education such as a master's or doctoral degree. They can also obtain certifications, join professional organizations, and attend conferences and workshops to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field. Gaining experience through internships and research opportunities can also help in career advancement.

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