By Steve MascarenhasA new survey of graduates in biomedical engineering shows that demand for the job is not just a matter of supply and demand but is also due to demand for graduates with a PhD.
According to the results of a survey of students in medical engineering, students in biomedical science and engineering are now over-represented in a number of professions with a doctoral degree, such as medical technologists, engineers, scientists and managers.
According the report from the Institute of Medical Technology Research, which was released on Monday, there are currently around 2.3 million medical engineers working in the US and more than 3 million PhD graduates working in healthcare.
According, the Institute, more than 60% of medical engineers are employed in the private sector and more are employed as full-time researchers than full-timers in the public sector.
More than half of those surveyed (53%) were employed as a part-time research scientist and the remainder (49%) as a full-timer in the healthcare sector.
As of the end of the year, there were 2.2 million medical engineering graduates working across the US.
That’s up from 1.9 million graduates in 2015.
The Institute said that this was due to the growing demand for medical engineers, a fact that could not have come at a better time.
According a survey conducted in the fall of 2017, a majority of the respondents said that they were willing to work full- or part- time, with the majority saying that they would accept a part time job if it was offered to them.
While a majority (53%), of those polled also said that their employers were supportive of having a PhD as a way to develop a career path, only 21% of the survey respondents agreed that the industry was becoming more competitive, with only 10% saying they were concerned about that.
The survey also showed that there is a large gap between the demand for biomedical engineering graduates and graduates of other fields.
The Institute said there was a big gap between demand for biomedicine graduates and medical engineering students, with graduates of biomedical engineering at the bottom of the list of employers.
“There are some areas where the demand is quite high and for others it is a small gap,” said Dr. John Eaves, associate professor in the Institute’s department of healthcare management.
The report found that there were a number more students working in medical-related occupations in 2017 than there were positions in biomedical research and development.
The Department of Health and Human Services reported that the number of medical and medical-engineering graduates in the federal workforce grew from 3,737,500 in 2020 to 6,087,000 in 2021.
The Department of Education reported that medical-engineers made up about 13.5% of students working at medical schools in 2021, but the number grew from 11.4% in 2020.