Job prospects Vascular Sonographer in Ontario
Job opportunities for Medical sonographers (NOC 3216) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a vascular sonographer.
Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.
Job opportunities in Ontario
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:
- Approximately 1,850 people work in this occupation.
- Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 51%
- Hospitals (NAICS 622): 46%
- 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.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.
|Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Kingston–Pembroke Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region||Good Good|
|London Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Muskoka–Kawarthas Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Northeast Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Northwest Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Ottawa Region||Good Good|
|Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Toronto Region||Good Good|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
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