Job prospects for Medical sonographers

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Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

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Occupation

Medical sonographers ( 3216 )

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Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

Newfoundland and LabradorUndetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Regional outlooks

Avalon Peninsula Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Notre Dame-Central-Bonavista Bay Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

South Coast–Burin Peninsula Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

West Coast–Northern Peninsula–Labrador Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Prince Edward IslandUndetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Nova ScotiaUndetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

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Annapolis Valley Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Cape Breton Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Halifax Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

North Shore Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Southern Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

New BrunswickUndetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

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Campbellton–Miramichi Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Edmundston–Woodstock Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Fredericton–Oromocto Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Moncton–Richibucto Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Saint John–St. Stephen Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

QuebecUndetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

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Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Bas-Saint-Laurent Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Capitale-Nationale Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Centre-du-Québec Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Chaudière-Appalaches Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Côte-Nord Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Estrie Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Lanaudière Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Laurentides Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Laval Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Mauricie Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Montréal Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Montérégie Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Nord-du-Québec Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Outaouais Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

OntarioGood

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.
  • Regional outlooks

Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Medical sonographers (NOC 3216) in the Hamilton - Niagara Peninsula region 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.

Here are some key facts about Medical sonographers in the Hamilton - Niagara Peninsula region:

  • Approximately 230 people work in this occupation.
  • Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622):more than 95%
Kingston–Pembroke Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Good

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Medical sonographers in the Kitchener - Waterloo - Barrie region:

  • Approximately 120 people work in this occupation.
  • Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622):more than 95%
London Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Northeast Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Northwest Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Ottawa Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Medical sonographers (NOC 3216) in the Ottawa region 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.

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

  • Approximately 130 people work in this occupation.
  • Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622):more than 95%
Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Toronto Region Good

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Some of Ontario's largest medical and diagnostic laboratories are located in this region. In addition, the presence of a high number of other health care facilities including hospitals and medical clinics should support favourable job opportunities for these professionals.

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

  • Approximately 920 people work in this occupation.
  • Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622):more than 95%
Windsor-Sarnia Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

ManitobaFair

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

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

  • Approximately 150 people worked in this occupation in May 2015.
  • Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 86%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 14%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 64% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 36% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 61% of medical sonographers work all year, while 39% work only part of the year, compared to 64% and 36% respectively among all occupations.
  • Regional outlooks

Interlake Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

North Central Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

North Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Parklands Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

South Central Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Southeast Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Southwest Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Winnipeg Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

SaskatchewanGood

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

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

  • Approximately 150 people worked in this occupation in May 2015.
  • Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 57%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 43%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 87% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 13% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 70% of medical sonographers work all year, while 30% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • Regional outlooks

Northern Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Prince Albert Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Regina–Moose Mountain Region Good

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Medical sonographers in the Regina - Moose Mountain region:

  • Approximately 70 people worked in this occupation in May 2015.
  • Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622):more than 95%
Saskatoon–Biggar Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Swift Current–Moose Jaw Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Yorkton–Melville Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

AlbertaGood

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

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

  • Approximately 950 people worked in this occupation in May 2015.
  • Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 81%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 14%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 81% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 19% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 66% of medical sonographers work all year, while 34% work only part of the year, compared to 59% and 41% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 40 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of medical sonographers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Regional outlooks

Athabasca–Grande Prairie–Peace River Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Banff–Jasper–Rocky Mountain House Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Calgary Region Good

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

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

  • Approximately 410 people worked in this occupation in May 2015.
  • Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622):more than 95%
Camrose–Drumheller Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Edmonton Region Good

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

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

  • Approximately 410 people worked in this occupation in May 2015.
  • Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622):more than 95%
Lethbridge–Medicine Hat Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Red Deer Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Wood Buffalo–Cold Lake Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

British ColumbiaUndetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Regional outlooks

Cariboo Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Kootenay Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Lower Mainland–Southwest Region Good

The employment outlook will be good for Medical sonographers (NOC 3216) in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region 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.

Here are some key facts about Medical sonographers in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region:

  • Approximately 450 people worked in this occupation in May 2015.
  • Medical sonographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622):more than 95%
Nechako Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

North Coast Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Northeast Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Thompson–Okanagan Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Vancouver Island and Coast Region Undetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Yukon TerritoryUndetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

Northwest TerritoriesUndetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

NunavutUndetermined

An employment outlook has not been assigned to this occupation in this region due to low levels of employment.

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