Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

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 57,700 diagnostic medical sonographers employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Select and prepare ultrasound equipment for exams; instruct, assist, and prepare patients for ultrasound testing; record keeping; equipment maintenance; prepare work schedules
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide with highest levels of employment in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston
Education and Training
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Two years' training while earning an associate's degree or participating in a post-secondary training program
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Chief Technologist
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Sonographer Trainee

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