- Expected growth (2010-2020): 62 percent
- Average annual salary: $81,540
- Minimum education: Bachelor's degree
If you have an aptitude for engineering, enjoy being in a health care environment and have a yen to engineer body parts, you might consider a career in biomedical engineering, a field that is booming because of the leaps in medical technology.
"We are now finding ways to engineer replacement parts for our bodies … such as artificial hearts, retinas, knees and hip joints," Shatkin says. "The technology to do this has arrived, and people are getting older and need these replacements."
Shatkin says that while engineering replacement body parts is a fast-growing field, it is growing from a small base. According to the BLS, there were 15,700 biomedical engineers employed in 2010. That's expected to increase by 9,700 jobs by 2020.
"It is a small field, but there is a lot of opportunity for those who have these skills," Shatkin says.
Biomedical engineers can work in a variety of industries including hospitals, universities, research facilities, manufacturing, teaching and government regulatory agencies.