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What Does a Medical Sonographer Do?

If you like learning new technology and helping people, here’s a job to consider. Medical sonographers use specialized equipment to direct high-frequency sound waves towards a particular part of the body to create ultrasounds or sonograms. The echoes from those sounds are used to create images of structures inside the patient’s body. 

The most common sonogram is the one expectant parents see of their baby inside the womb. The technology is also used by cardiovascular and vascular technologists to take a closer look at specific areas of the body, including the abdomen, chest, heart and blood vessels.

Job growth for this profession is expected to be 19% from 2018 to 2028.

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$ 50,000 - $ 102,000
$ 74,000
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A diagnostic medical sonographer shows a pregnant woman an ultrasound of her baby
The most common sonogram a medical sonographer produces is an ultrasound for expectant parents. (Credit: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock)
A Day In the Life
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Rebecca Burton, medical sonographer
A Day In the Life

Rebecca Burton had worked for 16 years as a sonographer when she decided it was time to reskill and get her medical sonographer license. Now she works at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California.

Rebecca says making people feel at ease is the secret to being a good medical sonographer

Job Responsibilities
  • Explain the process to the patient and answer questions
  • Prepare the patient for the scan
  • Operate the equipment 
  • Select images or record video to show to a doctor
  • Keep proper medical records of each patient 
  • Adjust and maintain equipment
Education + Training

The level of post-secondary education and training needed depends on what specialty you’d like to work in. Fields like magnetic resonance imaging, radiography and sonography require an associate degree and certification from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). To go into a more specific area of interest – like bone densitometry and mammography – requires extra classes as well as clinical experience. Finally, to become a registered radiologist assistant (RA) will require a bachelor’s degree, clinical experience and ARRT certification.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Have good people skills
  • Are physically fit and able to assist and move ill or disabled patients 
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Are interested in working with complex machinery

Medical Sonographer Training in Your Area

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Tulsa Community College
Tulsa (68.8 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

State Fair Community College
Sedalia (173.4 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Collin College
McKinney (276.4 Miles)
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Computer Tomography Advanced Technical Certificate

Dallas College
Farmers Branch (294.7 Miles)
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Adult Cardiac Sonography, A.A.S.

Dallas College
Dallas (304.2 Miles)
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Pediactric Cardiac Sonography, A.A.S.

Dallas College
Dallas (304.2 Miles)
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Diganostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Dallas College
Dallas (304.2 Miles)
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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate

Dallas College
Dallas (304.2 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography CP

St. Louis Community College
Bridgeton (309.4 Miles)

Computer Teomography Advanced Technical Certificate

Tarrant County College District
Fort Worth (313.7 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Tarrant County College District
Fort Worth (313.7 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate

Tarrant County College District
Fort Worth (313.7 Miles)

Find Medical Sonographer Jobs in Your Area

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Ultrasound Technologist (Obstetrical)

CaroMont Health
Gastonia ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 7 months ago

Echo Ultrasonographer - Samaritan Hospital, Troy, NY - Per Diem

St. Peters Health Partners
Troy ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 7 months ago

Sonographer, High Risk OB

CaroMont Health
Gastonia ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months ago

Echo Tech

HCA
Wichita ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 6 months 1 week ago

Ultrasound Technologist - Per Diem

Beth Israel Lahey Health
Peabody ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 6 months ago

Ultrasound Tech

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center
Coffeyville ( 6.2 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago

Sonography Tech - Cardiac

Ascension Health
Bartlesville ( 27.3 ) Miles
Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Sonography Tech - Cardiac

AMITA Health
Bartlesville ( 27.3 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago