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Biomedical Engineer Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 22,100 Biomedical Engineers in the United States. The Biomedical Engineer job market is expected to grow by 23.1% between 2014 and 2024.

Biomedical Engineer Employability Rating

C Sokanu rates Biomedical Engineers with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 10,900 Biomedical Engineers. That number is based on 5,100 additional Biomedical Engineers, and the retirement of 5,800 existing Biomedical Engineers.

Demand for Biomedical Engineers

Due to the small size of this occupation, the expected significant growth in the field will result in limited openings. Within this framework, however, biomedical engineers will likely see greater demand for their services because of the broadness of both their profession and their training. Scientists, researchers, and manufacturers in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors will continue to call upon biomedical engineers to address injuries and physical disabilities; to develop advanced prostheses and artificial body organs; and to improve healthcare technology and rehabilitation practices. As baby boomers live longer and remain active, there will be increased demand for biomedical devices and procedures, such as hip and knee replacements. Entrants to the field typically require a Bachelor’s Degree in biomedical engineering or a related engineering discipline. Those who specialize in the rapidly developing areas of cellular, molecular, tissue, or orthopedic engineering; or in biomechanics may enhance their job prospects. Candidates wishing to lead a research team must have a graduate degree. Those seeking a tenure-track university faculty position require a Doctorate Degree. Continuing education is imperative for biomedical engineers, as technology advances in the field occur often and sustain strong competition for jobs.

Supply of Biomedical Engineers

The Biomedical Engineer industry is concentrated in California, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.

Biomedical Engineer Job Market by State

State name Employed Biomedical Engineers
California 4,760
Massachusetts 2,880
Minnesota 1,160
Texas 1,090
Pennsylvania 1,010
New York 780
Indiana 780
Arizona 750
Ohio 680
Maryland 660
Florida 650
Utah 580
Colorado 510
New Jersey 390
North Carolina 360
Illinois 350
Georgia 340
Oregon 320
Tennessee 300
Virginia 230
Michigan 220
Wisconsin 180
Connecticut 170
Missouri 160
New Mexico 100
New Hampshire 90
Iowa 80
South Carolina 70
Oklahoma 70
Kentucky 70
Arkansas 50
District of Columbia 50
West Virginia 50
Louisiana 50
Maine 40
Nebraska 30

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