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 Educa31tion 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 Tufts that offered the degrees that could be described as having a purely technology focus. The website either did not describe such a degree or I didn’t look in the right place. Not including the M.S. and Ph.D. programs about 22% of all the BMET graduating with degrees or obtaining certificates in 2010 were women. That is an decrease of about 3 percentage points from 2009. About 19% of the B.S BMET graduates in 2010 were women that is a decrease of about 3 percentage points from 2009. 15% of the A.S. BMET graduates were women. An increase of about 3 percentage points over 2009. New this year BMET certificates/other doubled over 2009 . Women represent 39% of this group about the same as in 2009. Women continue to be attracted to this degree in unusually high percentages for an electronics focues technical field.
Number of BMET Graduates by Degree in 2010
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