U.S. News & World Report (USN) recently released their best careers of the year rankings. “To help the millions of Americans who hope to change jobs or advance in their careers in the new year, U.S. News & World Report today released the Best Jobs of 2015,” stated a January 13, 2015 press release.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers ranked #12 among this year’s USN listing of the 100 best jobs in the country. That’s up from being ranked 26th last year (USN’s Best Jobs 2014).
Additionally, diagnostic medical sonographers ranked #8 among the USN’s rankings for health care careers.
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How the Rankings are Determined
To come up with the 100 best jobs of the year, USN consults job projection/demand data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Then the occupations are ranked by scores which are calculated based on a number of criteria.
Some of these criteria are described on the USN’s “The 100 Best Jobs” web page:
“The best jobs pay well. They challenge you without stressing you out too much. There’s room to grow and advance. Maybe most importantly, the best jobs are ones that are hiring.”
Specifically the USN’s job ranking criteria are “10-year growth volume,” “10-year growth percentage,” “median salary,” “job prospects,” “employment rate,” “stress level,” and “work-life balance.”
- Nurse Practitioner
- Dental Hygienist
- Physical Therapist
- Registered Nurse
- Physician Assistant
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- Occupational Therapist
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
Based on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Health Care Jobs”, 2015
Sonographer Career Highlights
In its review of diagnostic medical sonographers, the USN noted an ultrasound career consists of professionals who possess both social and technical skills, and that the occupation’s stress level is appealingly “below average.”
The USN also shares BLS data, including sonographers earned a median salary of $66,410 as of 2013, and that there is an impressive job outlook for the career. The USN states, “The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of a whopping 46 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is among the fastest rates on our list of the Best Jobs of 2015.”
Furthermore, the USN offers advice gleaned from experts for those interested in pursuing a career in ultrasound, including completing an education program that is accredited and becoming certified through the ARDMS.