Ultrasound Technician Job Outlook and Trends with Data

The ultrasound technician job outlook in 2014 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 2013 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

With ultrasound technician employment in excess of 33,000 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 20,000. Smaller numbers are employed in industries ranging from educational services with 650 sonographer jobs to administrative and support services with 370. Employment in company management, enterprises, government and some professional, scientific and technical services is estimated at less than 300 total. Whether large or small, all industries for which data is available saw growth in sonography employment between 2009 and 2013 although the rate of growth varies.

Table of Employment by Industry

Industry
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
Total number of ultrasound technicians
employed in the year
51600
52960
54140
57700
58250
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
150
160
no data
no data
no data
Management of Companies and Enterprises
50
80
60
60
50
Administrative and Support Services
290
310
370
410
400
Educational Services
600
690
650
600
460
Ambulatory Health Care Services
19570
19420
19690
Combined into
hospital data below
21780
Hospitals
30910
32260
33330
56010
34960
Federal, State, and Local Government
30
40
40
no data
no data

We also provide you with sonographer employment data by industry from 2006 to 2013, check it now.

If you want to know in which industry ultrasound technicians get paid well, please read sonography salary affected by industry, or visit Salary Data by Industry in 2013 for more details.

Sonography Technician Employment by Location in 2013

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 4,710. Florida is next with 4,490 sonography positions while Texas and New York each employ between 4400 and 4450 ultrasound technicians. The next highest state, Pennsylvania, has 2,620 comparable jobs. At the other end of the spectrum, Delaware has 130 sonographers, and North Dakota has 110 sonographers, Vermont, Alaska and Wyoming each employ fewer than 100. | See Job Openings

Ultrasound Technician Employment in 2013 by Area

Best and Worst Areas for Ultrasound Technician Employment in 2013

Areas in and around New York City including parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as Long Island, White Plains and Wayne, NY, had by far the highest employment of any metropolitan area with a combined total of 6870 currently employed in sonography. The greater Philadelphia area have nearly as many ultrasound jobs at 1570. For the Los Angeles area including Long Beach and Santa Ana, CA, the comparable figure is 1,500 followed by the Chicago, Joliet and Naperville area at 1,490. The lowest number of sonographer jobs is in non-metropolitan areas of Central Texas and North Central West Virginia, as well as Lynchburg VA, San Angelo TX, and Bellingham WA.

Table of the Highest and Lowest Employment Regions in 2013

State for Sonographer Employment
2013
Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area for Sonographer Employment
2013
California
4710
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA
4450
Florida
4490
New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
2420
Texas
4400
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD
1570
New York
4320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA
1500
Pennsylvania
2620
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL-IN-WI
1490
Wyoming
50
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
30
Alaska
80
Bellingham WA
30
Vermont
90
San Angelo TX
30
North Dakota
110
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
30
Delaware
130
Lynchburg VA
30

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 2013, or ultrasound salary data by area in 2013.

Refer to this section if you want to know the ultrasound technician employment data in other states and metropolitan areas.

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