Career Opportunities, University of Illinois at Chicago
Professional training in biomedical visualization provides a broad landscape of career opportunities. Medical illustrators serve as visual translators of complex medical and scientific information to support medical research and life science discovery, to advance medical education and clinical care, to enable understanding of new biopharmaceutical products, to reduce risk in use of medical devices, to improve patient education, and to inspire greater health in young and old alike.
Working in a variety of settings, graduates use their scientific and artistic expertise to visually communicate information to other health professionals, patients, and the public. They work as designers, producers, directors, and consultants in the development of instructional, informational, and promotional materials. Their work appears in everything from trade and consumer publications, textbooks, journals, trade shows, court room exhibits to educate juries, juried fine art shows and galleries, patient education information in print and on the internet, to advertisements and museum exhibitions.
Examples of employers include:
- University, medical center, hospital or healthcare institution
- Publishing company or media publisher
- Medical and/or scientific museum
- Medical advertising agency
- Medical education company
- Professional association
- Medical-legal business
- Medical media or animation studio
- Government agency or library
This following data from recent graduate surveys is being published as required by our accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (http://www.caahep.org). The five-year average positive placement rate for BVIS graduates 2009-2013 (our most recent data), 6-12 months post-graduation, was 93.2%.
For more information about biomedical visualization as a career, visit the Association of Medical Illustrators web site at ami.org.