Biomedical & agricultural engineers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
19.5k
Average Age
39.7
Estimated Job Growth
3.39%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$93,255
Average Male Salary
$94,869
Average Female Salary
$86,019

About

Biomedical & agricultural engineers are most often employed by the Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing industry. The average yearly wage for Biomedical & agricultural engineers was $93,255 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Biomedical & agricultural engineers by wage are Mechanical engineers, Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists, and Industrial production managers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Biomedical & agricultural engineers are Waterloo & Cedar Falls Cities PUMA, IA, Dubuque City PUMA, IA, and Davenport City PUMA, IA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Biomedical & agricultural engineers are Waterloo & Cedar Falls Cities PUMA, IA, Dubuque City PUMA, IA, and Davenport City PUMA, IA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Biomedical & agricultural engineers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Biomedical & agricultural engineers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Biomedical & agricultural engineers, by average wage, is Other health care services. Biomedical & agricultural engineers are paid most in Mountain View, Palo Alto & Los Altos Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Waterloo & Cedar Falls Cities PUMA, IA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$93,255
AVERAGE SALARY
± $10,159

In 2020, Biomedical & agricultural engineers earned an average of $93,255, $37,301 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists make somewhat more than Biomedical & agricultural engineers while Mechanical engineers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Biomedical & agricultural engineers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.291
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Biomedical & agricultural engineers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.291, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Biomedical & agricultural engineers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Biomedical & agricultural engineers.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Biomedical & agricultural engineers

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Biomedical & agricultural engineers.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Biomedical & agricultural engineers, by average wage, are Other health care services, Administration of human resource programs, and Offices of physicians.

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Industries by Share

19.5k
2020 Workforce
± 3,428
14.8%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 22.4%

The number of people employed as Biomedical & agricultural engineers has been growing at a rate of 14.8%, from 16,993 people in 2019 to 19,503 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Biomedical & agricultural engineers employed by various industries. Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing employs the largest share of Biomedical & agricultural engineers at  33.8%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 17.6% and Agricultural implement manufacturing with 9.25%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Biomedical & agricultural engineers in the US. The average age of male Biomedical & agricultural engineers in the workforce is 40.9 and of female Biomedical & agricultural engineers is 34.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Biomedical & agricultural engineers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

15.9k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,100
3.56k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,464

81.8% of Biomedical & agricultural engineers are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Biomedical & agricultural engineers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Biomedical & agricultural engineers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

65.1% of Biomedical & agricultural engineers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 19.7% of Biomedical & agricultural engineers, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Biomedical & agricultural engineers.

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Age by Sex

40.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.55
34.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 4.46

The median age of Biomedical & agricultural engineers is 39.7, and Male employees are generally 6.61 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Biomedical & agricultural engineers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Biomedical & agricultural engineers is Engineering but a relatively high number of Biomedical & agricultural engineers hold a major in Engineering.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Biomedical & agricultural engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Biomedical & agricultural engineers need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Complex Problem Solving. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Biomedical & agricultural engineers need more than the average amount of Science, Technology Design, and Installation.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Electronics Engineers, Except Computer, Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers, Agricultural Engineers, and Electrical Engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Electronics Engineers, Except Computer, Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers, Agricultural Engineers, and Electrical Engineers are expected to see a growth of 3.39% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Electronics Engineers, Except Computer, Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers, Agricultural Engineers, and Electrical Engineers.
3.39%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Electronics Engineers, Except Computer, Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers, Agricultural Engineers, and Electrical Engineers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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