The Job Outlook for Ultrasound Technicians

Deborah B By Deborah B, 26th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1h2w6nyh/
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Even in today's recession and economic downturn, the health care industry is booming. In fact, it is one of the most stable industries of all the markets. According to labor statistics, it was the largest industry in 2006 with a total of 14 million jobs available for salary and wage workers and 438,000 jobs for the self-employed. Future projections are that the health care industry will generate at least 3 million more jobs by the year 2016.

Future of Ultrasound Technicians

The employment statistics above are quite impressive for the health care industry as a whole. Experts believe there will be an increase of approximately 19 percent over the next seven years for diagnostic medical sonographers. This figure includes ultrasound technicians in all specialties and is a much higher trend for growth than the average of all the other occupations.

Why the Ultrasound Field is Growing

Ultrasound technology is noninvasive and as such, projections are it will increase in popularity in the future. Surgical procedures are costly and time-consuming in addition to the fact that patients must time off from work to recover from surgical operations. On the other hand, ultrasound readings are fast and painless. Not only is this type of diagnostic reading more convenient for patients, it is also safer than X-Rays that use dangerous radiation during the imaging process.

Another reason there is such employment success in the healthcare industry as a whole is because no matter what the economic situation is or what trends may come an go, people will always need professionals to take care of their illnesses, aging or any other health issue that may develop. This is especially important today as the world's population continues to increase dramatically.

Where Ultrasound Technicians Work

While most ultrasound technicians work in hospitals, the future may see private health care facilities employing ultrasound technicians because of advancements in medical technology that will allow specialists to use the equipment and procedures outside of hospitals. In the future we may see them working at birthing centers and physicians offices instead of just in hospitals.

Disadvantages of Being an Ultrasound Technician

Since ultrasound technicians perform delicate work, they may develop musculoskeleletal disorders. Fortunately for workers OSHA created guidelines to which employees and employers must follow in order to prevent this types of work-related injuries including making certain employees are properly trained on the equipment.

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author avatar Billy
5th Jan 2012 (#)

this is NOT helpful at all. thanks for nothing.

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