Program Profile
Market for Biomedical Engineers

By way of reference, the following is a quote from the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition:

 “In 2006, engineers held about 1.5 million jobs, of which, about 14,000 were held by biomedical engineers.  Of the positions held by biomedical engineers, 20 percent of them were found in medical equipment and supplies manufacturing and 20 percent were found in scientific research and development services.
Biomedical engineers are expected to have 21 percent employment growth over the [2006-16] decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. The aging of the population and the focus on health issues will drive demand for better medical devices and equipment designed by biomedical engineers. Along with the demand for more sophisticated medical equipment and procedures, an increased concern for cost-effectiveness will boost demand for biomedical engineers, particularly in pharmaceutical manufacturing and related industries. However, because of the growing interest in this field, the number of degrees granted in biomedical engineering has increased greatly. Biomedical engineers, particularly those with only a bachelor’s degree, may face competition for jobs. Unlike many other engineering specialties, a graduate degree is recommended or required for many entry-level jobs.”

As indication of the level of growth in this field, the following is a quote from the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition:

“Biomedical engineers are expected to have employment growth of 72 percent over the projections decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. The aging of the population and a growing focus on health issues will drive demand for better medical devices and equipment designed by biomedical engineers. Along with the demand for more sophisticated medical equipment and procedures, an increased concern for cost-effectiveness will boost demand for biomedical engineers, particularly in pharmaceutical manufacturing and related industries. Because of the growing interest in this field, the number of degrees granted in biomedical engineering has increased greatly. Many biomedical engineers, particularly those employed in research laboratories, need a graduate degree.”

Designing a Career in Biomedical Engineering - Courtesy of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society of the IEEE