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Be a biomechanist to get lucrative global careers

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019

Biomechanists are employed in diverse areas as it is a mix of human anatomy and engineering, writes Pawan Mishra

As an engineer, do you aspire to harness the possibilities and potential of medical and healthcare industry? Would you like to serve humanity with the development of innovative functional prosthetics, specialised wheelchairs or other rehabilitation and assistive technologies? If your answers to the questions are in the affirmative, then Biomechanics is the field for you. 
Biomechanics is the study which deals with the principles of mechanics to study the forces that act on the body and physical movements. The field combines various areas like kinesiology (the scientific study of human or non-human body movement), statics, dynamics, temporal analysis, kinematics and kinetics. In a sports-loving country like India, it is expected to have a steady growth as biomechanics is also a significant tool for sports performance analysis. 
Career prospects
Biomechanists are employed in diverse areas such as universities, institutes and industries across the world. They can also engage in research <01Justify>and development in sports companies. Since biomechanics involves a combination of human anatomy and engineering, one can have a career in biomedical related applications, medical device modelling, biomechatronics, evolutionary physiology etc. 

Niche specialisation
The Mechanical Engineering Department at Bennett University (BU), offers Biomechanics as one of the specialisations at an undergraduate level. Various universities in the US, Canada, Europe offer an MS or PhD programmes. Studens can also pursue BTech (Mechanical Engineering) with Biomechanics specialisation. 
(The author is research associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Bennett University)


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