In Germany, the medical technology sector is considered to be particularly innovative, fast-growing and promising for the future. According to estimates by the Federal Ministry of Health, there are around 400,000 different medical products. According to official economic statistics, the total turnover of manufacturing medical technology companies in Germany (with more than 20 employees) amounted to EUR 28.4 billion in 2015. The world trade share of medical technology products from Germany is 14.6 percent. Germany thus ranks second worldwide behind the USA with 30.9 percent and ahead of Japan with 5.5 percent. In Baden-Württemberg alone, more than 800 companies are active in the field of medical technology.
Graduates of Offenburg University’s Medical Engineering degree program are highly qualified and meet the constantly growing needs of this large and diverse job market.
Medical engineers are active in industry in the following areas, among others:
- hardware and software development
- project management
- clinical product service
- clinical trials
- quality assurance
- service and technical support
- product management
In addition, medical engineers are increasingly to be found in hospitals and larger specialist practices, where they are responsible for the entire technical equipment and its operational readiness.
This includes, for example, imaging processes, all components of electronic data processing including monitor systems and data storage. They support and advise medical staff and the administration in testing and purchasing new equipment.
Furthermore, medical technicians are increasingly employed as engineers in operating theaters.
Not least, the great demand for medical-engineering graduates is demonstrated by the fact that the Peter Osypka Foundation has donated a whole institute for this field to Offenburg University.