Ultrasound Technician Job Outlook
Americans are getting older and living longer. You have probably heard this a million times, but it is the truth. And that means the job outlook for ultrasound technicians is very good.
The U.S. Census Bureau released a report in December of 2012 with the following finding:
- The number of Americans age 65 and older will more than double by 2060 numbering more than 92 million people
This means that by 2060, one in five Americans will be 65 or older.
Ultrasound technicians examine patient with a portable ultrasound machine
Forbes magazine published a ranking of the top 10 cities in America that are aging the fastest. You may decide to cross check these communities with job prospects for ultrasound technicians to see if it might make sense for you to pursue your career in one of these communities.
- Tampa-St. Petersburg
- St. Louis
Consequently, we anticipate continued demand for various medical professionals and believe that the number of ultrasound technicians needed to satisfy these needs will continue to grow. The Bureau for Labor Statistics estimates the growth rate for jobs in this field to grow by 44% over the remainder of this decade.
Whether or not you politically support President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform plan, it should result in more Americans receiving medical care and treatment. The president’s reforms were designed to address the unrelenting increases in health care costs for Americans. Each year, American’s watch their health insurance premiums climb and health care providers struggle to slow the rising costs. Ultrasound technology is becoming a more cost effective alternative to other more costly diagnosis procedures and practices. Additionally, ultrasounds receive high marks for their efficiency and ability to aid in diagnosis of patients without being invasive or discomforting.
Though it may soon be looked upon as just another fad, some entrepreneurial sonographers have been marketing and conducting ultrasound parties for expectant mothers eager to share the intimate experience with family members and loved ones. This innovative practice creates increased demand for these services and also demonstrates how enterprising technicians can supplement their traditional income.
The health care and social assistance industry had the highest rate of employment according to the BLS. And the National Coalition on Health Care reported that spending on health care accounted for 18 percent of our national GDP and accounts for approximately 11 percent of all American jobs in 2011.
Excluding service revenues, the market for ultrasound machines was valued at $1.3 billion in 2009, according to Dr. Harvey Klein, President of Klein Biomedical Consultants (KBC), Inc. KBC is a strategic marketing and consulting firm specializing in diagnostic ultrasound market.
In 2012, a study showed that ultrasound outperformed traditional diagnostic tools when it came to detecting pneumonia in children. Approximately 1.2 million children worldwide die from pneumonia each year. According to the study, the ultrasound had a specificity of 97 percent for diagnosing pneumonia, with sensitivity as high as 92 percent. The specificity of the stethoscope on the other hand ranged from 77-83 percent, and the sensitivity was as low as 24 percent.
For these reasons we believe that the job outlook for ultrasound technicians is very strong.
If you are interested in learning more about the field of diagnostic medical sonography, please visit our ultrasound technician hub page.
If you are interested in learning more about other fantastic and rewarding careers that do not require a traditional four-year college degree, please visit the Ditch College career portal.