Top 20 Schools With Largest B.S. Biomedical Engineering Graduating Classes in 2011

Top twenty schools which offer undergraduate Biomedical Engineering (BME) degrees by total BME graduating class size for each school. These schools represent 2556 graduates. They represent about 63 percent of the total number of B.S. BME graduates for 2011. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects approximately 1300 new Biomedical Engineering jobs every year between 2008 and 2018. There is a significant mismatch between the actual number of total number of BME graduates (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) and the projected number of jobs (see link at bottom of table below).   This is particularly true for this field the additional engineering depth obtained in the higher degrees is very attractive to the medical device and drug industries.  Anyone interested in these programs should note that the size of a departments graduating class does not necessarily indicate a high level of quality when it comes to preparing a student for a corporate career.

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Top 20 By B.S. BME Graduating Class Size

 

Institution Name Men Women Total
University of California-San Diego 139 77 216
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 120 81 201
Duke University 109 70 179
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 106 70 176
Johns Hopkins University 102 61 163
University of Southern California 93 58 151
Boston University 83 58 141
New Jersey Institute of Technology 77 49 126
University of Pennsylvania 65 56 121
University of California-Berkeley 77 41 118
Drexel University 66 49 115
Case Western Reserve University 74 40 114
Northwestern University 74 40 114
University of California-Irvine 72 36 108
Arizona State University 69 35 104
The University of Texas at Austin 68 36 104
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 70 33 103
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 44 58 102
Washington University in St Louis 64 36 100
University of Connecticut 60 39 99

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National Graduation Rates of Biomedical Engineers in 201 vs Job Projections

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Institution Name Men Women Total
University of California-San Diego 139 77 216
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 120 81 201
Duke University 109 70 179
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 106 70 176
Johns Hopkins University 102 61 163
University of Southern California 93 58 151
Boston University 83 58 141
New Jersey Institute of Technology 77 49 126
University of Pennsylvania 65 56 121
University of California-Berkeley 77 41 118
Drexel University 66 49 115
Case Western Reserve University 74 40 114
Northwestern University 74 40 114
University of California-Irvine 72 36 108
Arizona State University 69 35 104
The University of Texas at Austin 68 36 104
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 70 33 103
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 44 58 102
Washington University in St Louis 64 36 100
University of Connecticut 60 39 99

National Statistics on the Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2011 vs. Job Projections

The following table was created from degree completion data available at the NCES website. The graduating statistics are important to know because there has been a consistent issue described by B.S. BME graduates seeking industry jobs in their field. It’s very difficult to get one with a baccalaureate degree. The number of graduates holding that degree in 2010 hold a clue to the problem and the challenge that B.S. graduates face. The baccalaureate numbers are troublesome for the graduate because the Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for new and replacement BME jobs 2010-2020 is approximately 1300 per year.

Of course the B.S. BME graduate numbers do not reflect how many graduates had been accepted to graduate school and medical school after graduation. For example, I received a personal communication from the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) reporting 573 BME graduates were accepted into medical school in 2006. Graduate school enrollment numbers also impacts the number of B.S. graduates looking for work considerably because a significant number of graduates could be enrolling into M.S. programs if the number of M.S. graduates reported in 2008 is any guide. Unfortunately a number of those M.S. and Ph.D. BME graduates would also be competing for the the BME jobs counted and projected by the BLS. Additional research and analysis would be needed to get a better estimate of the number of BME graduates actually looking for work outside the academic and medical fields. It is interesting to note that females make up approximately 39% of the B.S. graduates and 39% for M.S. degree in this cohort. These are percentages which traditional engineering ( electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering ) programs can not match.

Check out a particular programs graduation rates at The Academic Program Information Resource

 

Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2011
Men Women Total
B.S. 2445 1581 4026
Degree M.S. 907 604 1511
Ph.D. 507 316 823
Total 3859 2501 6360

Note: This chart is based on institutions reported primary and secondary degree completion data not reported total completion data so it may differ slightly in content from other reports of this type.

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What To Look For In A Biomedical Engineering Program If You Are Interested In A Corporate Career

Here are some suggested areas of inquiry to help the prospective student and parent find a Biomedical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering Technology program which is paying attention to the industry career potential of the degree.

1. The success rate of actively searching graduates that have obtained a position in their field in industry within 6 months.  This should be documented at the program website or in hard copy.  It should be more than 85%.  Ask how often the program checks their alumni.  They should survey and report at least once a year.

2. The number of times a year that an program meets with its industry advisers.  Once per year at a minimum twice a year is better.

3. Specific examples which demonstrate that the program is actually listening to the industry adviser input. Proof would be the use of industry standard software ( CAD, FEA, CFD, etc. ), electronic components ( cpu’s, a/d convertors, etc.), statistical packages, etc. in the laboratory environment.

3. Specific tracks, concentrations, specialties of 4 or more courses that give the graduate the basic background to competently design a subsystem or component in a medical device field or specialty ( imaging, sensors, bioreactors, prosthetics, biomechanics, biochemical engineering, etc. ) or a traditional field such as electronics, mechanics, chemical engineering, etc.

4. Laboratories for every science and engineering course.

5. Well defined internships, and co-op opportunities. Internship opportunities should require the cooperating institution to provide a substantive internship experience which meet specific career enhancing goals.

List of Drug Companies With Potential Job Openings In Colorado

To get into one of the large healthcare corporations you need to have experience or an internship. The best way to get that experience is through the smaller companies that also participate in the drug  industry. I have listed below 20 of 204 locations where drugs are  manufactured, prepared, propagated, compounded or processed in Colorado.  The information is provided as is in this article. In some cases the corporations may not still be located in the state indicated.  However, a quick search on Google will confirm whether that is the case.

The list is a useful starting point for your job or internship search, particularly if you are interested or need to stay within your state. It can be used to determine whether there are any large medical device corporations with a presence in your state. It can also be used to find telephone numbers, addresses and websites of the smaller companies. You will need to get up the courage to call these potential contacts and introduce yourself to them. Its the only way to find out when a local company is thinking of hiring and what they are looking for. Use this approach in addition to applying over the internet.

Please contact me if you wish to obtain a complete list which has addresses. This information is available for a nominal fee. Contact Form


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Company Name
220 Laboratories Inc.
3M Drug Delivery Systems
A.V. Pulmonary Care
Aaron Industries Inc
Advanced Minerals Corp
AeroCare Holdings, Inc.
Affymax, Inc.
Air Liquide Healthcare America Corporation
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Air Source Industries, Inc
Airgas – Intermountain, Inc.
AIRGAS USA, LLC
Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
All Natural Dynamics
All Saints Healthcare
Alpha Respiratory Inc.
Amazonian Naturals, Inc.
AMERICAN ENHANCEMENT PRODUCTS INC
AmeriPak Industries
Ampac Fine Chemicals
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc

List of Medical Device Companies with Potential Job Openings in Oklahoma

To get into one of the large healthcare corporations you need to have experience or an internship. The best way to get that experience is through the smaller companies that also participate in the medical device industry. I have listed below 20 of 55 companies that manufacture medical devices, sterilize medical devices, export devices to U.S., are initial distributor/importers of medical devices, manufacture medical devices, remanufacture medical devices, repack or relabel medical devices, reprocess single-use devices, or develop specifications but do not manufacture in Oklahoma.  However, a quick search on Google will confirm whether that is the case. The information is provided as is in this article. In some cases the corporations may not still be located in the state indicated.

The list is a useful starting point for your job or internship search, particularly if you are interested or need to stay within your state. It can be used to determine whether there are any large medical device corporations with a presence in your state. It can also be used to find telephone numbers, addresses and websites of the smaller companies. You will need to get up the courage to call these potential contacts and introduce yourself to them. Its the only way to find out when a local company is thinking of hiring and what they are looking for. Use this approach in addition to applying over the internet.

Please contact me if you wish to obtain a complete list which has addresses or has been filtered to contain only manufacturers, remanufacturers, specification, etc. for any state. This information is available for a nominal fee. Contact Form


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Company Name
ACTIVE-ICE, INC
AIRGAS MID SOUTH, INC.
ALL AMERICAN MOLD LABORATORIES, INC.
AMERICAN ACCESSIBILITY EQUIPMENT & SERVICE
AMERICAN HEALTH DIAGNOSTICS
AMERICAN SURGICAL LLC.
ANTICIPATION TATTOO REMOVAL LLC
BARRY LORBERBAUM
BTI FILTRATION
CAREFUSION 2200, INC.
CAUSE CARE, LLC
CORE ONCOLOGY, INC.
D & D VIDEO SPECIALISTS, LLC
DAVID JAMES
DENTSPLY TULSA DENTAL SPECIALTIES
DESIGNED VALUES
DOLGENCORP, LLC, F/K/A DOLGENCORP, INC.
ELECTRO MEDICAL, INC.
ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS ENGINEERING COMPANY
EYE RESTORATION CLINIC

National Statistics on the Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2010 vs. Job Projections

The following table was created from degree completion data available at the NCES website. The graduating statistics are important to know because there has been a consistent issue described by B.S. BME graduates seeking industry jobs in their field. It’s very difficult to get one with a baccalaureate degree. The number of graduates holding that degree in 2010 hold a clue to the problem and the challenge that B.S. graduates face. The baccalaureate numbers are troublesome for the graduate because the Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for new and replacement BME jobs 2008-2018 is approximately 1500 per year.

Of course the B.S. BME graduate numbers do not reflect how many graduates had been accepted to graduate school and medical school after graduation. For example, I received a personal communication from the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) reporting 573 BME graduates were accepted into medical school in 2006.  Graduate school enrollment numbers also impacts the number of B.S. graduates looking for work considerably because a significant number of graduates could be enrolling into M.S. programs if the number of M.S. graduates reported in 2008 is any guide.  Unfortunately a number of those M.S. and Ph.D. BME graduates would also be competing for the the BME jobs counted and projected by the BLS.  Additional research and analysis would be needed to get a better estimate of the number of BME graduates actually looking for work outside the academic and medical fields. It is interesting to note that females make up approximately 37% of the B.S. graduates and the percentage increases to about 40% for M.S. degree in this cohort.   These are percentages which traditional engineering ( electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering ) programs can not match.

Check out a particular programs graduation rates at The Academic Program Information Resource

              The Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2010
Male Female Total
B.S. 2371 1404 3775
Degree M.S. 826 554 1380
PH.D. 459 290 749
Total 3656 2248 5904

Note: This chart is based on institutions reported primary and secondary degree completion data not reported total completion data so it may differ slightly in content from other reports of this type.

The Entry Level B.S. Biomedical Engineer’s Dilemma

Collected Views of What You Need to Know to Impress an Engineering Hiring Manager in Biomedical Industry

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