Career Path Forecast
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
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.
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 Foundation.