Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

risk level
Based on 222 votes
by year 2032
or $39.11 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

48% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Originality

  • Persuasion

User poll

37% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 48% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Diagnostic Medical Sonographers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Diagnostic Medical Sonographers' job openings is expected to rise 14.7% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Diagnostic Medical Sonographers' was $81,350, or $39 per hour

'Diagnostic Medical Sonographers' were paid 75.7% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 81,080 people employed as 'Diagnostic Medical Sonographers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.05% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Diagnostic Medical Sonographers'.

Job description

Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians. Includes vascular technologists.

SOC Code: 29-2032.00


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DJ (No chance) says
It's not just about moving the wand. It's about detecting anomalies and reacting in real time. AI is too easily fooled and/or overconfident in its incorrect assessment
Feb 26, 2023 at 02:37 AM
Rick (Low) says
Sonography is very operator dependent.
Sep 29, 2019 at 08:04 AM
Sean (Low) says
Ultrasound is tech dependant
Jul 02, 2019 at 12:15 AM
Suzanne Dwyer says
It is when AI and robotics comes together, and scan a patient is when Sonographers will becomes a thing of the past. AI will take over Radiologist jobs in the next couple years. AI can be programmed to view thousands of images per second and can identity pathogens at high rate of success.
Sep 28, 2019 at 08:51 PM

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