What U.S. Labor Department Reports About Biomedical Engineering Job

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As a result of the popularity of the biomedical engineering degree and the relatively small number of total jobs available there currently are more biomedical engineering graduates than available positions ( National Statistics on the Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2009 vs. Job Projections ). This fact puts an added premium on how well these graduates are prepared for the medical device, pharmaceutical and health care delivery industries.

Quote from the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11

“Biomedical engineers are expected to have 72 percent employment growth over the projections 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.”…”Most engineers in this specialty need a sound background in another engineering specialty, such as mechanical or electronics engineering, in addition to specialized biomedical training.

Note very carefully the last sentence.  It is one of the most important technical requirements and transcript deficits that bear upon whether a recently graduated B.S. BME gets a job in industry.  Besides experience a sound background in another engineering specialty is key to impressing an engineering hiring manager.



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