Employment Outlook

Learn more about the employment opportunities and educational requirements for bioengineering, one of the fastest emerging areas of scientific discovery.

Will There Be Jobs?

According to the most recent US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2012), biomedical engineers are expected to have 27% employment growth from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is driven by the aging of the population, focus on health issues, and increased demand for better medical devices and equipment – which will be designed by biomedical engineers.

How Much Will I Make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual earnings for biomedical engineers is $86,960.

Where Will I Work?

Biomedical engineering graduates build careers as engineers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, teachers, CEOs, managers, physical therapists, and sales representatives in academic institutions, hospitals, governmental agencies, and a variety of industries.

Currently, about 20% of biomedical engineers are employed in the medical equipment and supplies manufacturing industry and another 20% are employed in the scientific research and development services industry.

What Training Do I Need?

A bachelor’s degree in engineering will be required for almost all entry-level positions. Biomedical engineers need to have a good foundation in an engineering discipline, as well as training in the life sciences. At the undergraduate level, students might major in a traditional engineering discipline, such as electrical, mechanical, or chemical engineering, with a specialty in biomedical engineering. Graduate training is essential for University faculty positions and many research and development career paths. Students may also continue on to medical school, dental school, or law school.

How Do I Find an Internship?

Practice a mock interview, get your resume reviewed, or speak with a Career Advisor about your internship or job search at CSU's Engineering Succcess Center in the Scott Bioengineering Building.

CareerRAM is a job and internship search tool employers use to recruit CSU students and alumni. Login iwth eName and ePassword. Go to Job Listings>>Job Search>>Advanced Search (which you will find in fine print on the right-hand side of the page). In the Advanced Search, you can search by employer, industry, major, and/or location. Multiple choices in each category are allowed. NOTE: Avoid using the keywork search, as it is underdeveloped. Accurate results are best found using the advanced search options. In fine print, you will also find a "Save Search" and "Email Search Results" option. By choosing this option, you will receive weekly updates based on your search criteria.

CareerShift is a national database of companies that collect information about job postings and companie contact information. The registration code needed to access this system is: CSUCareerCenter. Create login. Enter access code. Go to "My Jobs" and begin search. NOTE: Keyword searches work well.

Ram Career Tools is a personalized career resource database where CSU students and alumni can search for career development tools including salary negotiation, interview, and networking websites.

Internship and Job Search Resources

For your job search, you may find it helpful to reivew the comprehensive Biomedical Industry Employers list. In addition, be sure to review the following websites: AfterCollege.com, biospace.com, Glassdoor.com, InternMatch.com, and Coloradojobnetwork.com.

Should I Join A Professional Association?

Becoming a member of a professional association is a great way to become more engaged with the industry. Many professional associations offer student discounts. There are a number of professional associations for biomedical engineers. Check out the following associations to see which ones meet your needs:

Colorado Bioscience Association

Biomedical Engineering Society

Colorado Association of Biomedical Equipment Technicians

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering

Engineers without Borders