The good news is that job openings projected by Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) outstrip supply. The BLS projects approximately 2300 replacements required per year for 2008 through 2018. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) results and BLS forecast appears to support anecdotal and published claims of a continuing shortage of qualified BMET’s.
I checked for program content of the M.S. and Ph.D.’s listed by the NCES in the “biomedical technology” degree category which includes BMET programs. I was not able to find any program description at the two universities that offered the degrees that could be described as having a purely technology focus. The websites either did not describe such a degree or the links were not working at the time of this publication. Additional research and analysis will be needed to get a better estimate of the number of BMET graduates actually looking for work but is is fair to say that they will be in high demand. Not including the M.S. and Ph.D. programs about 19% of all the BMET graduates in 2009 were women. That is an increase of about 4 percentage points from 2008. About 22% of the B.S BMET graduates in 2009 were women that is a decrease of about 2 percentage points from 2008. 12% of the A.S. BMET graduates were women. An increase of about 2 percentage points over 2008. New this year is the large jump in BMET certificates/other to 125 which represents is almost a 6 fold increase compared to 2008 . Women represent 40% of this group.
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