About the job
Medical sonographers operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of various parts of the body to aid physicians in monitoring pregnancies and in diagnosing cardiac, ophthalmic, vascular and other medical disorders. They are employed in clinics and hospitals. Medical sonographers may specialize in abdominal, cardiac, cerebral, obstetrical and gynaecological, ophthalmic, intraluminal or peripheral vascular sonography. They may also specialize in adult or pediatric echocardiography or neurosonology. Medical sonographers who are supervisors or instructors are included in this unit group.
You should be interested in medicine and health. You must be able to deal with people in a mature, tactful, and professional way. You should also be comfortable working with instruments, apparatus, and technology. A background in science would be helpful.
Completion of a training program in a related field such as diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine, or nursing and completion of a one-year college or hospital-based program in diagnostic medical sonography and supervised practical training are required to work in this occupation. Certification examinations by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are usually required by employers. Employers may require registration with the Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
Although the majority of people in these occupations are employed full-time, part-time and casual work arrangements are common.
Labour Market Information
The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is above average. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 125, and so job opportunities may not be that frequent. However, competition for positions may be low due to few qualified jobseekers. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next five years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With only 0% of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Medical Sonographers are most commonly working full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are most typically permanent positions.
The median employment income for 76% of individuals in this occupational group who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 was $65,678. The median income for the occupation overall was $64,751
(Source: 2011 National Household Survey)
|Estimated employment in 2011||Estimated change in employment between 2011 and 2016||Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2011-2016||Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014||Estimated hourly earnings in 2013|
|Area of Employment||% Employed|
|Industry of Employment||% Employed|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||1.0|
|Less than high school graduation certificate||0.0|
|High school graduation certificate or equivalent||0.0|
|Trades certificate or diploma||0.0|
|Non-university certificate or diploma||44.4|
|University certificate or diploma below bachelor||16.7|
|University bachelor's degree||38.9|
|University post graduate degrees||0.0|
Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.
Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.