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Entry-Level Biomedical Engineering

Basic statistics every biomedical engineer needs to know.

Statistics for Entry-Level Biomedical Engineering Jobs

There is a lot of information biomedical engineers need when they start looking for entry-level biomedical engineering jobs. The following are important statistics to understand when you start searching for your first entry-level biomedical engineering job.

What do Biomedical Engineers Do?

Biomedical engineers design instruments, devices, and software used in healthcare; develop new procedures using knowledge from many technical sources; or conduct research needed to solve clinical problems. They frequently work in research and development or quality assurance.

Biomedical engineers design electrical circuits, software to run medical equipment, or computer simulations to test new drug therapies. In addition, they design and build artificial body parts, such as hip and knee joints. In some cases, they develop the materials needed to make the replacement body parts. They also design rehabilitative exercise equipment.

The work of biomedical engineers spans many professional fields. 

How many Biomedical Engineers are there?

Currently there are 21,200 biomedical engineers working in the United States of America. This represents 1% of the total engineers working in the United States.

Number of Biomedical Engineers in the United States

Biomedical engineering is one of the smaller engineering disciplines. This means specific entry-level biomedical engineering jobs may be limited to specific locations.

Are Advanced Degrees Required?

Most engineers struggle with the decision on pursuing an advanced degree. For entry-level engineering jobs, the more technical the job is, the higher the chance it will require an advanced degree.

To understand how many biomedical engineers go on to get advanced degrees, reference the table below.

Biomedical Engineering - Advanced Degrees

Based on the data, 39% (2,197/5,683) of biomedical engineering students go on to get a master’s degree and approximately 18% (1,006/5,683) pursue a doctoral degree in a given year. For a master’s degree, this is below the engineering average, however for a doctoral degree, it is above the engineering average.

Inside an engineering discipline, some jobs can require an advanced degree while others do not. The only true way to know if you will need an advanced degree for the entry-level biomedical engineering job you want, is to look at job postings. If all of the jobs you are interested in require an advanced degree, it means you need to go and get one.

Entry-Level Biomedical Engineering Jobs Created

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the future job growth for each field of engineering.  Based on the data, there will be 1,000 jobs created in Biomedical Engineering over the next 10-years.

It can be assumed that the job growth is in entry-level jobs. This is due to the actual creation of entry-level jobs, or creation of higher-level jobs that are filled with the existing workforce opening up entry-level positions.

Entry-Level Biomedical Engineering Job Growth

Based on the new job growth as a percentage of the existing job market, the projected yearly growth is 4.7% for entry-level biomedical engineering jobs. The average growth rate for all entry-level engineering jobs is 4.1% per year.

Job growth for biomedical engineering is above average compared to engineering as a whole. Higher job growth in an industry is attractive because it equates to more opportunities in that field in the future.

Competition Index For Entry-Level
Biomedical Engineering Jobs

At the Job Formula, we like to calculate the competition index for different types of engineering jobs. To do this, we divide the total number of graduates in a discipline by the total number of jobs available in that discipline. This calculation shows how many graduates there are for each available job.

The lower the competition index the better. A competition index of one (1) means that there is one graduate for every one job.

The competition index for entry-level biomedical engineering jobs is 7.7. This is greatly above the competition index for the average engineering discipline of 1.5.

Competition for Biomedical Engineers

We calculate the competition index to give graduate engineers an idea of the type of competition they will face when they start looking for their first job.

Based on the calculated competition index, entry-level biomedical engineering jobs are some of the most competitive jobs in the engineering field. The competitive index might be slightly off for biomedical engineering because some graduates will purse advanced degrees in medicine. This percentage leaving the biomedical engineering field is not captured in the calculation above. 

Please note that competition will vary inside an engineering field based on the type of industry, the location and how attractive a job is.

Industries for Entry-Level Biomedical Engineers

Biomedical Engineering is a diverse degree which means you can work in many different industries. The follow are the top five industries that hire biomedical engineers.

Biomedical Engineering Industries

The percent of total employment means out of all biomedical engineers, how many are working in that one industry.

If you are looking for an entry-level biomedical engineering job, these are the best industries to start with.

Entry-Level Biomedical Engineering Job Salary

The average entry-level biomedical engineering salary is shown below. Additionally, the average biomedical engineering salary, the bottom 10% and top 10% salaries are shown.

Entry-Level Biomedical Engineering Salary

Entry-level biomedical engineering salaries are slightly below the industry average for entry-level salaries.

At Job Formula, we preach enjoying your job over seeking out a high salary. If you enjoy your job, you are more likely to move up in the position. The Top 10% of any engineering degree field is higher than the mean annual salary. So find a job you like and try to move toward that top 10%.

Resources for Entry-Level Biomedical Engineers

The formula we have been taught since we were small children is just not true. Getting a college degree does not guarantee you a great job. If the formula worked, over 49% of college graduates would not report that they found it hard or extremely hard to find their first job.

Universities are failing engineering students because they are not training them on how to go from getting a degree to getting an entry-level engineering job.

The Job Formula will help you learn what you need to learn to get hired! See our free resources below to get started.

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*The information on this page was pulled together from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other various resources. The information is intended for education purposes only.