Job prospects Cardiac Sonographer in Ontario

Job opportunities for Medical sonographers (NOC 3216) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a cardiac sonographer.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Job opportunities in Ontario

cardiac sonographer
Outlook over the next 3 years
Good

The employment outlook will be good for Medical sonographers (NOC 3216) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Nearly half of the province's medical sonographers are employed in medical and diagnostic laboratories. Hospitals are the second largest employers of these professionals. Employment in this occupation has been relatively steady in Ontario over the past few years. The increased prevalence of certain chronic illnesses will continue to drive the need for diagnostic services such as ultrasounds to assist in detecting and treating conditions. These factors along with the health-care needs of a growing and aging population are generating demand for the services of medical sonographers.

However, given that employment opportunities are influenced by provincial funding allocated to hospitals and cancer treatment centres, adjustments in this funding may affect the level of job creation in this occupation beyond the forecast period. A much smaller increase in operating funding expenditures for public hospitals budgeted for the 2019/20 fiscal year compared to previous years could temper employment opportunities in the near-term future.

Diagnostic medical sonographers have become a regulated medical profession in 2018, and are regulated by the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO). Effective January 1, 2019, a person must be a member of the CMRTO or another authorized regulatory college in order to be legally authorized to apply soundwaves for diagnostic ultrasound in Ontario. Registration with Sonography Canada and/or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) may be an additional requirement by some employers. Medical sonographers with knowledge and experience in more than one speciality should have an improved outlook. Job prospects will be more favourable for individuals who are willing to work on various shifts, including evenings, nights or weekends.

The supply of medical sonographers is dependent on the number of students graduating from accredited educational institutions. Unemployment level amongst these professionals is fairly low, suggesting that the supply of medical sonographers is well absorbed by the market. Most employers require that qualified candidates have completed a three-year accredited program and were successful in writing the Canadian Association of Registered Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP) and/or American Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) certification examinations.

Here are some key facts about Medical sonographers in the Ontario region:

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