The Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating into Job Market in 2006

The following table was created from degree completion data available at the NCES website.  This information is important to know because there has been a consistent issue described by B.S. BME graduates seeking industry jobs in their field. It’s very difficult to get one with a baccalaureate degree. The number of graduates holding that degree in 2006 may hold a clue to the problem. The baccalaureate numbers are troublesome for the graduate because the Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for new BME jobs is approximately 300 per year ( Bureau of Labor Statistics Projections for New Biomedical Engineering Jobs ). On the demand side of the equation It is possible that the BLS is underestimating the population of employed BME’s or that a significant number of BMEs are actually distributed among other job titles.  On the supply side the B.S. BME numbers also do not reflect how many graduates had been accepted to graduate school and medical school after graduation.  I received a personal communication from the AAMC ( American Association of Medical Colleges ) reporting 573 BME graduates were accepted into medical school in 2006.  The graduate school enrollment numbers may impact the number of B.S. looking for work considerably because a significant number of graduates could be enrolling into M.S. programs if the number of M.S. graduates reported in 2006 is any guide.  Additional research and analysis will be needed to get a better estimate of the number of BME graduates actually looking for work outside the academic and medical fields.  It is interesting to note that 40% of all the BME graduates in 2006 were women.

Number of BME Graduates
Male Female Total
Degree B.S. 1771 1264 3035
M.S. 714 476 1190
Ph.D. 288 157 445
Total 2773 1897 4670

See also Where To Look for Experience For That Biomedical Engineer and Odds of Getting into Medical School with a Biomedical Engineering Degree

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