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As someone who has a degree in biomedical engineering or works in the field, what types of jobs are available with the field becoming more and more popular daily and jobs becoming scarce?

I am currently a junior in high school considering biomedical engineering and want some more information for potential careers and general career advice.

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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Rhea:

Thank you for your question. I researched biomedical engineer and would like to share with you information I found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook website:

Employment of Biomedical Engineers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Biomedical Engineers likely will see employment growth because of increasing possibilities brought by new technologies and increasing applications to medical equipment and devices. Smartphone technology and three-dimensional printing are examples of technology being applied to biomedical advances.

As the aging baby-boom generation lives longer and stays active, the demand for biomedical devices and procedures, such as hip and knee replacements, is expected to increase. In addition, as the public continues to become more aware of medical advances, increasing numbers of people will seek biomedical solutions to their health problems from their physicians.

Biomedical engineers work with scientists, other medical researchers, and manufacturers to address a wide range of injuries and physical disabilities. Their ability to work in different activities with workers from other fields is enlarging the range of applications for biomedical engineering products and services.

Here's a list of occupations with job duties that are similar to those of biomedical engineers (Similar Occupations):

Agricultural Engineer, Architectural & Engineering Managers, Biochemists and Biophysicists, Chemical Engineers, Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Materials Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Physicians & Surgeons and Sales Engineers.

I hope you found this info useful as you start on your journey to become a biomedical engineer.

Best of Luck to You!

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Research Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Make sure to navigate through all the tabs and click on the links that are provided. . . . https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/biomedical-engineers.htm#tab-6

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S’s Answer

Though there are job opportunities for someone graduating as a Bachelors in Biotechnology or Biomedical Engineering, I would strongly advise a Masters at least (a PhD would be great). Everything is about technology and automation now. So you will find a lot of relevance for Biomedical Engineering in today's world.