Starting BMET Salary From 2011 Salary Survey

Salaries for professionals with BMET background or education ( A.S., B.S. or DoD Military BMET ) can range widely from $41,000 to $110,00 per year.  The reason for the wide range in salary is the wide range of positions a BMET can fill from BMET I to Director of the Biomedical Engineering Department ( B.S. required ) or a CT or MRI Specialist. Geographical region and experience level also plays a part.    The reported starting BMET I with less than a year of experience for 2011 earned an average of about $41,000.  Starting BMET II jumped to $64,000 in the survey.  There appears to be considerable variation in this number during the past three years.  A.S. degreed individuals can expect to start at BMET I salaries.  B.S. can expect to start at BMET II salaries or better.  Radiology specialists are not listed this year due to lack of data.   Women appear to outperform men in some regions of the country when it comes to compensation. Overall though there appears to be a gender gap that favors men which unfortunately is typical of the rest of the job market.  If you compare to last year you will see that these numbers bounce around from year to year. This is a result of the size of the sample and the varying number of people who actually volunteer information. In my opinion this survey still does a good job of reflecting the salary range and job satisfaction.  Job satisfaction sits at around 91% vs a 45% job satisfaction a sited national average.

( See BMET 2010 Compensation Survey )

NOTE: Compensation varies considerably by region

( See BMET 2010 Compensation Survey by Region )

Also see

List of Schools Offering Accredited BMET Programs and Biomedical Engineering Technology )

Description of what a BMET does
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Number of BMET Graduating in 2010 vs. Job Projections

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The good news is that job openings projected by Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) outstrip supply.  The BLS projects approximately 2300 replacements required per year for 2008 through 2018.  The National Center for Educa31tion Statistics (NCES) results and BLS forecast appears to support anecdotal and published claims of a continuing shortage of qualified BMET’s.

I checked for program content of the M.S. and Ph.D.’s  listed by the NCES in the “biomedical technology” degree category which includes BMET programs.   I was not able to find any program description at Tufts that offered the degrees that could be described as having a purely technology focus.  The website either did not describe such a degree or I didn’t look in the right place.    Not including the M.S. and Ph.D. programs about 22% of all the BMET graduating with degrees or obtaining certificates in 2010 were women.  That is an decrease of about 3 percentage points from 2009.    About 19% of the B.S BMET graduates in 2010 were women that is a decrease of about 3 percentage points  from 2009.  15% of the A.S. BMET graduates were women.  An increase of about 3 percentage points over 2009.  New this year  BMET certificates/other doubled over 2009 .  Women represent 39% of this group about the same as in 2009.  Women continue to be attracted to this degree in unusually high percentages for an electronics focues technical field.

                         Number of BMET Graduates by Degree in 2010
Men Women Total
A.S. 530 94 624
B.S. 75 18 93
M.S.* 8 3 11
Ph.D.** 2 4 6
Certificates 156 101 257
Total 771 220 991
*   Tufts University
** Tufts University

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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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The Number Of Chinese Medical Device Companies Registered With FDA

There are, not surprisingly, a very large number of Chinese medical device companies located in Chinese territories registered with the FDA.   There are approximately 2,177 individually registered business entities to be more specific.  Included below is a list of twenty.   Please contact me if you wish to obtain a list which already has addresses or has been filtered to contain only manufacturers, remanufacturers, specification, etc. for any state. The entire list is available for a nominal fee. Contact Me If You Are Interested

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Company Name
21ST CENTURY IMPORTS
3L MEDICAL PRODUCTS GROUP CO., LTD.
4B WORLD TECHNOLOGY CO.  LTD.
A & I INDUSTRIES LTD
A. V. ELECTRONICS (HONG KONG) COMPANY LTD.
A.F. INTL. TRADE CO., INC.
A.R. MEDICOM INC., (SHANGHAI), LTD.
A.R.MEDICOM (SHANGHAI) LTD.
A&D ELECTRONICS (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
AAB COMMODITIES CO., LTD. FUJIAN
AAXIS MEDICAL PRODUCTS (SIP) CO., LTD.
ABON BIOPHARM (HANGZHOU) CO., LTD.
ACARE MEDICAL SCIENCE CO LTD
ACON BIOTECH (HANGZHOU) CO., LTD.
ACOT PLASTICS (XIAMEN) CO., LTD.
ACROSS MEDICAL DISPOSABLES CO., LTD.
ACTHERM MEDICAL CORP.
ACTION EYEWEAR CORP.
ACUITY OPTICAL MFY., LTD.
ACUMEN HOUSEWARE INDUSTRY (NANNING) CO., LTD.

List of Medical Device Companies With Potential Job Openings In Tennessee

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 companies out of 245 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 Tennessee.  This can be dated information. 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 corporation headquarters 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 list which already has addresses or has been filtered to contain only manufacturers, remanufacturers, specification, etc. for any state. The entire list is available for a nominal fee. Contact Me If You Are Interested

All Medical Device Facility Locations Published To Date

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Company Name
4 EVERYOUNG
A+ SECURE PACKAGING
AARON THOMAS CO., INC.
ADAMS USA
ADLER INSTRUMENT COMPANY
ADROIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
AEGIS, INC.
AGELESS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
AIRGAS SOUTH, INC.
AK MEDICAL SUPPLY CO., INC.
ALAN TAYLOR
ALBAHEALTH, L.L.C.
AMERICAN ACCESSORIES INTL., LLC.
AMERICAN MAMMOGRAPHICS, INC.
AMUSA
ANESTHETIC GAS RECLAMATION, LLC
ANEW OPTICS, INC.
ANGELAHALE
ANGIOSYSTEMS, INC.
ANN DUNAHOO

Biomedical Engineers and Mind Reading

Science fiction and fact are converging again as thought control technology matures in the engineering laboratories and commercially.  Advances in algorithm development, memory and cpu speed are producing more and more examples of solid advances in translation/transduction systems which monitor and use the brain’s EEG signals.  Starting with biofeedback experiments in the 60’s and 70’s this technical field has now matured to the point that thought to speech applications are beginning to be considered seriously.

Here are a few links to get your imagination going;

Monkey Controls Advanced Robot With Its Mind – 7 degree of Freedom

Ryerson students invent breakthrough brain-controlled prosthetic arm

Technique for Letting Brain Talk to Computer Now Tunes in Speech

Wikipedia: Neurosky

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List of Medical Device Companies With Potential Job Openings In South Carolina

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 companies out of 115 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 South Carolina.  This can be dated information. 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 corporation headquarters 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 the entire list which already has addresses or has been filtered to contain only manufacturers, remanufacturers, specification, etc. for any state. The entire list is available for a nominal fee. Contact Me If You Are Interested Bookmark and Share

Company Name
3D SYSTEMS CORPORATION
ACTIVECARE MEDICAL INC.
ADIDAS INTERNATIONAL TRADING BV
ADS LOGISTIC SERVICES
ADVENT MEDICAL SUPPLIES LLC
AFTAB AHMED
AGFA HEALTHCARE CORP.
AGFA MATERIAL CORPORATION
ALL MEDICAL
ALPHA MEDICAL L.L.C.
ARC SPECIALTY PRODUCTS, BALCHEM CORPORATION
ARGENTUM MEDICAL LLC
ARJO WIGGINS MEDICAL, INC.
ARK THERAPEUTIC SERVICES, INC.
AVANCEN MOD CORPORATION
AVREO, INC.
BAUSCH & LOMB INC., GREENVILLE SOLUTIONS PLANT
BAUSCH & LOMB, INC.
BECTON, DICKINSON & CO., (BD)
BELIMED, INC.