The Undergraduate Biomedical Engineer’s First Job (Entry Level) Dilemma

Follow the link below to see a discussion by inquiring students that highlight the well known job dilemma which occurs all too regularly to a graduating BME with a B.S. degree who either has planned to go into a corporate career immediately upon graduation, or has not been accepted to graduate school or medical school and now must apply for positions at medical device or pharmaceutical firm. The dilemma is that they are not typically prepared with a coherent set of skills that engineering hiring managers recognize as valuable. The issue arises because many BME curricula do not spend enough time in one area to make the student a knowledgeable practitioner in an engineering area of current or continuing interest to industry. As a result the engineering manager pressed to hire a graduate that will be immediately useful opts for a candidate with a traditional engineering degree assuming that they will pick up what they need. According to BLS and NCES data mechanical engineering graduates and electrical engineering graduates face an even more severe shortage of jobs based on BLS projections than the BME graduate. Link to Blog Article Given the job shortfall in these fields these graduates will be applying to every possible position including those to which a B.S. BME would typically consider.

Discussion at College Confidential
wait…bioengineering not in demand…whatt?? – College Discussion.

If you think that the previous link was just hearsay read this.
What the U.S. Labor Department Says About Biomedical Engineering

All is not lost! Some suggestions about how to get the experience you will need.
Steps You Can Take to Get That Biomedical Engineering Positions

Read the Medical Device Industry Feedback category on student preparation to find out what you need.
Biomedical Industry Feedback

Potential medical device related hiring sites in several states.
Medical Device Job Sites


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