Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

OB/GYN Performing Ultrasound

Diagnostic medical sonographers, or sonographers, use advanced technology in the form of high-frequency sound waves similar to sonar to produce images of the internal body for analysis by radiologists and other physicians. There are about 61,250 diagnostic medical sonographers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Sonographers
Duties Select and prepare ultrasound equipment for exams; instruct, assist, and prepare patients for ultrasound testing; perform equipment maintenance; prepare work schedules
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; highest levels of employment in California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Internships
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Chief Technologist
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Sonographer Trainee

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