Career Path Forecast
According to the
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor
Statistics, biomedical engineers are expected
to have employment growth of 72 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster
than the average for all occupations.
The aging of the population and a growing focus on health
issues will drive demand for better medical devices and equipment designed
by biomedical engineers. Along with the demand for more sophisticated
medical equipment and procedures, an increased concern for
cost-effectiveness will boost demand for biomedical engineers, particularly
in pharmaceutical manufacturing and related industries.
However, because of the growing interest in this field, the
number of degrees granted in biomedical engineering has increased greatly.
Biomedical engineers, particularly those with only a bachelor's degree, may
face competition for jobs. Unlike many other engineering specialties, a
graduate degree is recommended or required for many entry-level jobs.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor
Statistics and the Whitaker