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 58,250 diagnostic medical sonographers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Select and prepare ultrasound equipment for exams; instruct, assist, and prepare patients for ultrasound testing; record keeping; 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 New York, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience On-the-job training
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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