Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase
by about 19 percent through 2016—faster than the average for all
occupations—as the population ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic
imaging and therapeutic technology.
Additional job growth is expected as sonography becomes an increasingly
attractive alternative to radiologic procedures, as patients seek
safer treatment methods. Unlike most diagnostic imaging methods,
sonography does not involve radiation, so harmful side effects and
complications from repeated use are less likely for both the patient
and the sonographer. Sonographic technology is expected to evolve
rapidly and to spawn many new sonography procedures, such as 3D-
and 4D-sonography for use in obstetric and ophthalmologic diagnosis.
However, high costs and approval by the Federal Government may limit
the rate at which some promising new technologies are adopted.
Hospitals will remain the principal employer of diagnostic medical
sonographers. However, employment is expected to grow more rapidly
in offices of physicians and in medical and diagnostic laboratories,
including diagnostic imaging centers. Healthcare facilities such
as these are expected to grow very rapidly through 2016 because
of the strong shift toward outpatient care, encouraged by third-party
payers and made possible by technological advances that permit more
procedures to be performed outside the hospital.
Job opportunities should be favorable. In addition to job openings
from growth, some openings will arise from the need to replace sonographers
who retire or leave the occupation permanently for some other reason.
Pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders has made it difficult for
sonographers to perform well. Some are forced to leave the occupation
early because of this disorder.
Information taken from the U.S.
Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook
Additional Resources: Information
about the medical sonographers profession can be found through these
online resources - Society of Diagnostic
Medical Sonographers (SDMS) and the American
Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).