The sonography outlook is good.  Employment is expected to grow 23 percent through 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This will bring the number of expected sonographer jobs to about 82,900 in 2026.

This demand increase is a result of several factors including:

  • an aging population
  • an increased use of sonography as a safer and more cost-effective alternative to radiological &/or invasive  procedures
  • evolving ultrasound technology stimulating new uses for ultrasound imaging
  • replacement of sonographers who retire or leave the occupation permanently

Hospitals will remain the principal employer of sonographers.  However, employment is expected to grow more rapidly in offices of physicians and in medical and diagnostic laboratories.  Sonographers willing to relocate will have the best job opportunities.  Sonographers with multiple specialties or multiple credentials also will have good prospects.

Sonography jobs by state are shown below in a Bureau of Labor Statistics map.          

Sonographer Employment by State

 

Information on this  page summarized from:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists,   https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm
(2) Ultrasound jobs maps by state and city on this page from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015, 29-2032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm
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