The Echocardiography Career Outlook
Echocardiographer Job Openings and Salaries on the Rise!
The field of Echocardiography is a rapidly growing sector in the healthcare job market. Echocardiographers enjoy a career that marries technical expertise with intense hands-on patient care, resulting in a highly rewarding profession. Echocardiographer.net has assembled the most current information on the Echo Tech job market and salary trends for Cardiac Sonographers. Echocardiographers are seeing great rewards in others ways as well—by receiving some of the best salaries in the healthcare field. Cardiac Sonographers and Diagnostic Imaging Technicians rank among the Top 10 best paid Associate Degree education level professions. More good news: the demand for highly skilled Echo Techs continues to grow at a rapid pace and pay rates are following the same trend. Hundreds of recruiters and online directories are now advertising open positions for Echocardiographers across the nation and the world. The need for Cardiac Sonographers has risen steadily over the last decade for a couple of major reasons:
- The rapidly aging population in the U.S. and the high incidence in this group of heart disease.
- The trend of replacing older radiology studies with safer, more cost-effective ultrasound technology.
Employment of Cardiac Imaging Specialists is expected to rise another 26 percent by the year 2016.
The US Department of Labor reports this gain to be a much more rapid increase than the average occupation.
Already Excellent Echo Tech Salaries are on the Rise…
Statistics from the US Department of Labor clearly demonstrate the rapid growth in the median Echocardiographer salary:
*In 2004 the median income for an Echocardiographer in the United States was $52,490.
*By 2006, median annual income for U.S. Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers rose to $57,160. The middle 50% earned between $48,890 and $67,670 per year. The entire 2006 Echocardiography salary range was from $40,960 to $77,520. Pretty impressive pay for a career that requires an average 18 months to 2 years of education!
The following breakdown from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows wage estimates for each percentile of the Echocardiographer salary range:
Percentile 10% 25% 50%(Median) 75% 90% Hourly Wage $19.69 $23.51 $27.48 $32.54 $37.27 Annual Wage $40,960 $48,890 $57,160 $67,670 $77,520
Biggest Echocardiographer Employers:
Hospitals and primary clinics (overwhelming majority)
Doctors offices (on the rise)
Diagnostic imaging centers (on the rise)
Contract and Traveling services (on the rise)
Employers offering the Best Echo Tech Salaries:
Employment Services (human resources, etc.)
Local government health services
Corporate health programs
Regions with the Most Demand for Echocardiography Technicians:
Florida (A huge demand in this market) Michigan New York (lots of job openings) Ontario Delaware* South Dakota* Texas Tennessee* Pennsylvania
- (*=in comparison to population)
U.S. City with the Most Echocardiographer Jobs: Vero Beach, Florida!
Top Paying Regions for Cardiac Sonographers:
States: Cities: Alaska San Jose, CA Colorado Oakland, CA Wisconsin Connecticut Washington
Echocardiographers with the most experience and training can expect consideration for the most rewarding positions and best salaries. The team at Echocardiographer.net has provided a helpful overview of Echocardiography certification and registry exams, Cardiac Ultrasound training, and the skills and traits necessary to become a great Echocardiographer. Cardiac Sonographers with cross training in both invasive and non-invasive studies will be highly valued in this job market, and education in other areas of Diagnostic Sonography also will enhance the Echo Tech’s career path.
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