Medical sonographers

Medical sonographers

NOC
3216

Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of various parts of the body to aid physicians in monitoring pregnancies and in diagnosing cardiac, vascular and other medical disorders.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

21
 

Median Hourly Wage

$39.59
$33.62
Low
$44.00
High

Median Salary

$64,065
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

135
 

% Working Full Time

91%
 

% Working Full Year

67%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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 who are supervisors or instructors are included in this unit group.

Main Duties

Medical sonographers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate ultrasound imaging equipment that transmits high frequency sound pulses through the body to produce images of those parts of the body requiring examination
  • Monitor examination by viewing images on video screen, to evaluate quality and consistency of diagnostic images, and make adjustments to equipment, as required
  • Record, store and process scanned images by using camera unit connected to ultrasound equipment
  • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure patient safety and comfort
  • Prepare examination reports for physicians to aid in the monitoring of pregnancies and the diagnosis of cardiac, abdominal, ophthalmic, vascular and other disorders
  • Perform quality control checks on ultrasound equipment to ensure proper operation and perform minor repairs and adjustments as required
  • May supervise and train student and other medical sonographers.

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.

Also Known As

  • diagnostic medical sonography instructor
  • medical sonographer
  • medical sonographers supervisor
  • registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS)
  • ultrasound technologist
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of a three- to four-year program in diagnostic medical sonography or ultrasound technology or Completion of a two- to three-year program in a related allied health field and a one-year post-diploma program in diagnostic medical sonography from an accredited institution are required.
  • Registration with Sonography Canada and/or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is usually required by employers.
  • Registration with l'Ordre des technologues en imagerie m?dicale, en radio-oncologie et en ?lectrophysiologie m?dicale du Qu?bec is required in Quebec.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

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90.5%
Female
9.5%
Male
Employment by age

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0.0%
15-24
23.8%
25-34
14.3%
35-44
28.6%
45-54
19.1%
55-64
14.3%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

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9.1%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
0.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
0.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
59.1%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
31.8%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

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83.3%
Health care and social assistance
8.3%
Wholesale trade
8.3%
Educational services
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

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13.60%
Northeast
40.90%
Southeast
18.20%
Southwest
18.20%
Central
9.10%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

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Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

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N/A
Northeast
$68,107
Southeast
N/A
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

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Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$64,065

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$68,764

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$64,065

Newfoundland

$76,938

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$63,794

Canada

$68,747
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

21
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

3
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

18
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

63
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

6
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

56