Job prospects Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Ontario

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "diagnostic medical sonographer" was moved from the group Medical sonographers (NOC 3216) to the group Medical sonographers (NOC 32122).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "diagnostic medical sonographer" in Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Medical sonographers (NOC 3216) in Ontario for the 2022-2024 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.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Hospitals
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Increased need for health-related services to support the growing and aging population in Ontario
  • Prevalence of certain chronic illnesses and need for diagnostic imaging procedures such as ultrasounds to assist in detecting and treating conditions
  • Greater demand on the health care system because of the COVID-19 pandemic and a backlog of medical procedures and patient care needs
  • Investments in new hospitals

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • Medical sonographers are regulated by the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO)
  • Registration with Sonography Canada and/or American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is often required

Here are some key facts about Medical sonographers in Ontario:

  • Approximately 4,450 people work in this occupation.
  • Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 51%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 47%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 81% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 19% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 72% of medical sonographers work all year, while 28% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 38 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 6% of medical sonographers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 15% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 85% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: less than 5% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 6% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 40% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 31% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 26% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour Market Information Survey
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