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Landon | future engineer

With the aging population, biomedical engineers will be needed to research and produce new medicines and treatments for diseases and age-related health problems. As a biomedical engineer, I will be able to work in the pharmaceutical industry researching and developing new medicines and products for various health problems. I will also design healthcare equipment and supplies. In the past, biomedical engineers have developed X-ray machines, CAT scan technology, and many other healthcare related technology.

Before I can become a biomedical engineer I will need to earn a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering. At the University of Texas at Austin, I can earn this degree. I have researched the requirements at According to the websites "way finder" section, I learned that I posses the needed skills for such a degree. These include: strong analytical skills, creativity, leadership skills, and embracing a lifetime of learning. I have been attending the Lonestar Leadership Academy summer program for the past two years. I won first place in my district UIL creative writing competition in 2009. I have been in the G/T program at school since the third grade. I believe that I have the skills and personality required to succeed in this career.

Because there is a 62% expected increase in biomedical engineering jobs from 2010 to 2020, I am confident that I will be able find a job in my chosen career. The median income for this career in 2010 was $81,540. The websites suggested on the "match the promise" website (Occupational Outlook Handbook and Career One Stop) were helpful in getting this information. I believe that a career in biomedical engineering will be rewarding as well as being beneficial to others.

Landon's essay appears here as written, to preserve the young author’s unique voice and individual writing style. However, we have deleted personally identifiable information to protect the student’s privacy.