Biomedical Engineering is extremely attractive to women as a degree program and career. Women earn a greater percentage of college degrees in Biomedical Engineering than any other engineering discipline, according to the American Society for Engineering Education.
Among those earning B.S. degrees in biomedical engineering during the 2010-2011 academic year, 39% were awarded to women; at the master’s level, 39.2% of biomedical degrees awarded went to women; and at the doctoral level, 36.7% of biomedical engineering degrees awarded went to women (1).The attractions for many women are: the flexibility and inherent creativity of the discipline relative to other engineering areas; the ability to work in a profession that strives to improve the quality of people’s lives; the existing critical mass of women in medical professions; and the integration of biological sciences(1).
(1) American Society for Engineering Education 2011 Report: