The ultrasound technician job outlook in 2016 is bright. Between 2010 and 2020, the number of sonography jobs is expected to increase by 44 percent nationally. By comparison, total growth by 2020 for all job sectors in the U.S. is expected to be 14 percent according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Sonography also surpasses other related healthcare fields by 18 percent anticipated job growth as a result of its increasing popularity as a low-risk, non-invasive and powerful diagnostic tool.
As the large population of baby boomers continues to age and requires more medical care, sonography, both mobile and institution-based, is uniquely positioned to play a significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions. While hospitals still provide approximately 62 percent of ultrasound jobs, growth is expected to increase in outpatient facilities in 2016 as ultrasound equipment continues to become more mobile and less expensive to acquire and operate. For those interested in Canadian opportunities, Statistics Canada likewise indicates good job prospects in this field. | See Job Openings
Ultrasound Technician Employment by Industry in 2015
With ultrasound technician employment in excess of 36,600 jobs, however, hospitals will continue to be the dominant provider of sonography employment opportunities in the near future. This is followed by ambulatory health care services whose current ultrasound technician population is nearing 23,050. Smaller numbers are employed in industries ranging from educational services with 460 sonographer jobs to administrative and support services with 300 jobs. Employment in company management, enterprises, government and educational services is estimated at less than 5800 total. Whether large or small, all industries for which data is available saw growth in sonography employment between 2011 and 2015 although the rate of growth varies.
Table of Employment by Industry
|Ambulatory Health |
|19,690||Combined with hospital data||21,780||22,770||23,020|
and Technical Services
|no data||no data||no data||no data||no data|
|Management of Companies|
|Administrative and |
|Educational Services including |
universities, colleges and schools
|Federal, State, and Local |
Government (OES Designation)
|40||no data||no data||4,990||5260|
Sonography Technician Employment by Location in 2015
Location will continue to be a significant variable in terms of career opportunities for sonographers in future.
States in high demand of an ultrasound technician include:
California leads the way with total estimated employment in sonographer jobs of 5,060 in 2015. Florida and New York are next with the same number of 4,780 sonography positions while Texas employs 4650 ultrasound technicians. The next highest state, Pennsylvania, has 2,480 comparable jobs. At the other end of the spectrum, Wyoming has 70 sonographers, and Alaska has 90 sonographers, Vermont, North Dakota and Delaware each employ fewer than 160 ultrasound technologists. | See Job Openings
Areas in and around New York City including parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as Long Island, White Plains and Jersey City, NY, had by far the highest employment of any metropolitan area with a combined total of 7,260 currently employed in sonography. For the Miami area including Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, FL, the figure is 1,630 followed by the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Anaheim, CA at 1,550. The lowest number of sonographer jobs is in non-metropolitan areas of South Central Tennessee and North Arkansas, as well as Sebastian-Vero Beach FL, Valdosta GA, and Albany GA.
Table of the Highest and Lowest Employment Regions in 2015
|Best State||Worst State||Best Area||Worst Area|
|5,060 in California||70 in Wyoming||4,510 in New York-Newark-Jersey City NY-NJ-PA||30 in South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area|
|4,780 in Florida||90 in Alaska||2,750 in New York-Jersey City-White Plains NY-NJ Metropolitan Division||30 in North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area|
|4,780 in New York||90 in Vermont||1,630 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach FL||30 in Sebastian-Vero Beach FL|
|4,650 in Texas||100 in North Dakota||1,550 in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA||30 in Valdosta GA|
|2,480 in Pennsylvania||150 employed sonographers in Delaware||1,530 in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI||30 in Albany GA|
Do you know how the location affects ultrasound technician salaries? Read 4 Factors Affecting Sonography Salaries to find the answer. You can also visit ultrasound technician salary data by state in 2015, or ultrasound salary data by area in 2015.
Refer to this section if you want to know the ultrasound technician employment data in 2015 in other states and metropolitan areas.