In a previous post I noted that Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering graduates are also competing for jobs that Biomedical Engineers could claim. I am listing the information below to amplify my point that there are a lot of these graduates looking for positions. These engineering programs and their graduates have identified the medical field as an area to focus their efforts and a number of programs have specialty tracks that address the medical field. Their shear number and depth of knowledge in engineering fields critical to new product development pose a competitive threat for those B.S and M.S. Biomedical Engineering graduates that have little or no mechanical or electrical engineering depth in their education portfolio.
|Mechanical Engineers Graduating in 2007|
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Projections for Mechanical Engineers for 2006-2016 is 900 per year.
|Electrical Engineering Graduates 2007|
|B.S. + M.S.||18337||3124||21461|
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Projections for Electrical Engineers for 2006-2016 is 1000 per year.
In my opinion this data supports the contention that Biomedical Engineering programs that do not provide their students with a traditional engineering core and / or little or no hands on experience place their B.S. or M.S. graduates at a distinct disadvantage in the job marketplace as it exists today.
Think of it this way. What would you do if you were a hiring manager trying to meet deadlines that effect your salary and you needed an engineer with sufficient depth in electrical or mechanical engineering to meet those deadlines? Given the choice between a Biomedical Engineer with one or two courses in these disciplines or a Mechanical or Electrical Engineer which would you hire?