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.