The biomedical engineering industry continues to experience an upward trend as the number of job openings continues to rise in the coming years.
The American Society for Biomedical Engineering, or ASME, announced Tuesday that its 2019 biomedical engineer workforce grew by a cumulative 10,700 jobs, or a 13.7 percent increase.
The overall increase was the largest among the major sectors, said Robert H. Anderson, president of ASME.
Biomedical engineers are tasked with developing, testing and implementing biotechnology, biomedical engineering and related biomedical technologies.
The growth is due in part to the fact that the number and quality of the jobs have been growing, Anderson said.
Biotechnology jobs account for approximately 11 percent of ASSE’s total workforce, he said.
The other top five industries for jobs in biomedicine are: materials science and engineering (23.6 percent); pharmaceuticals and medical devices (17.3 percent); electrical and electronic equipment (17 percent); and medical diagnostics (14.7.)
The biggest gainers are in biotechnology and biomedical engineering, Anderson noted.
In the biotechnology sector, the total number of jobs grew 11 percent, to 5,812.
The number of biomedICEDs increased 14 percent to 1,923.
The biomedical engineers job growth is largely attributed to the increasing number of candidates for biomedics positions.
There are nearly 4,600 biomedICS jobs in the U.S., up from 2,000 in 2020, according to the ASME report.
More:ASME expects that the biomed-industry workforce will grow at a rate of 9.3% per year over the next decade, with the biggest increases in biomedical and chemical engineering jobs.
The Biomedical Engineers Association, the trade group representing biomedical engineers, said in a statement Tuesday that the industry is “on track to surpass the 4 million job growth threshold” as of 2019.
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