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    Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Career Outlook

     
    The information below contains current labor market data.  This data has been acquired through the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development.  
     
    Biomedical Sciences
    • Biomedical Science occupations fall within Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations, for which there are an estimated 167,800 jobs in Minnesota.  The median hourly wage for jobs within this occupational group is equal to $31.65.  Working fulltime, the average healthcare practitioner earns about $26,500 more per year than the average worker overall in Minnesota.
    • The largest-employing occupations within this occupational group include Registered Nurses (59,640 jobs earning a median wage of $34.96), Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (17,730 jobs earning a median wage of $20.68), Pharmacy Technicians (7,290 jobs earning a median wage of $16.07), Pharmacists (5,450 jobs earning a median wage of $61.58), and Dental Hygienists (4,620 jobs, earning a median wage of $34.86).
    • Other large-employing health technologist positions in Minnesota include EMTs (4,380 jobs earning a median wage of $17.28), Radiologic Technologists and Technicians (4,260 jobs earning a median wage of $30.47), Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (3,820 jobs earning a median wage of $21.41), Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists (3,510 jobs earning a median wage of $31.33), and Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (1,400 jobs earning a median wage of $36.51).
    • There are an estimated 7,545 healthcare practitioner vacancies in Minnesota.  93% of these vacancies require post-secondary education.
    • Between 2014 and 2024, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) projects healthcare practitioner and technical occupations to grow by 12.3%.  This is equivalent to approximately 20,140 net new openings.  On top of this, DEED projects there will be 36,230 replacement openings, for those current healthcare practitioners who retire or otherwise leave the occupation.  Fastest growth going forward will be for Biomedical Engineers (22.5% growth, equivalent to 217 net new openings), Environmental Engineers (13.4% growth, equivalent to 104 net new openings), and Civil Engineers (6.0% growth, equivalent to 238 net new openings).  

    Engineering 
    • There are an estimated 31,740 engineers in Minnesota, earning a median hourly wage of $41.33.  Working fulltime, the average engineering worker earns about $46,700 more per year than the average worker overall in Minnesota.
    • The largest-employing engineering jobs in Minnesota include Industrial Engineers (8,250 jobs earning a median wage of $40.74), Mechanical Engineers (6,330 engineers earning a median wage of $37.52), Civil Engineers (4,160 jobs earning a median wage of $40.03), Electrical Engineers (3,590 jobs earning a median wage of $43.17), and Electronics Engineers (1,470 jobs earning a median wage of $42.88).
    • There are an estimated 1,100 Biomedical Engineers in Minnesota, earning a median wage of $46.67.
    • There are an estimated 1,146 engineering vacancies in Minnesota.  100% of these vacancies require post-secondary education.
    • Between 2014 and 2024, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) projects engineering occupations to grow by 2.2%.  This is equivalent to approximately 700 net new openings.  On top of this, DEED projects there will be 8,560 replacement openings, for those current engineers who retire or otherwise leave the occupation.  Fastest growth going forward will be for Biomedical Engineers (22.5% growth, equivalent to 217 net new openings), Environmental Engineers (13.4% growth, equivalent to 104 net new openings), and Civil Engineers (6.0% growth, equivalent to 238 net new openings). 

    Occupations in Demand
    According to DEED’s Occupations in Demand tool (which bases occupational demand upon unemployment insurance claims, occupational employment statistics, and job vacancy surveys), the top in-demand jobs within engineering and healthcare practitioners include (number indicates overall demand rank from 500 occupations, 1 being the most in-demand):
    1. Registered Nurses (2)
    2. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (15)
    3. Industrial Engineers (32)
    4. Pharmacy Technicians (58)
    5. Physical Therapists (61)
    6. EMTs and Paramedics (62)
    7. Nurse Practitioners (69)
    8. Physician Assistants (92)
    9. Mechanical Engineers (94)
    10. Industrial Engineering Technicians (97) 
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    If you have questions, please contact The Center for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Program Coordinators, Lana Rice and Kelly Beulke     Email: Lana.Rice@ahschools.us  |  Kelly.Beulke@ahschools.us     Phone: (763) 506-7359