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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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Median Salary $
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Jobs Available
5,230+
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)
Duties + 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

Coordinates

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.S.

Valencia College
Orlando (0.0 Miles)

Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Pitt Community College
Winterville (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate of Achievement

Foothill College
Los Altos Hills (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate

Tarrant County College District
Fort Worth (0.0 Miles)

DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY TECHNOLOGY, A.A.S.

Central Ohio Technical College
Newark (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (Echocardiography), A.A.S.

Austin Community College District
Austin (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate

Lamar Institute of Technology
Beaumont (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate

Merced College
Merced (0.0 Miles)

Computer Tomography Certificate

Tarrant County College District
Fort Worth (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Harper College
Palatine (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Tacoma Community College
Tacoma (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.S.

Union County College
Cranford (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
Rebecca Burton
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Rebecca Burton, medical sonographer
Meet Ambassador
Rebecca Burton

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

Find Medical Sonographer Jobs in Your Area

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Ultrasound Tech - FT (Jackson OB/GYN Clinic)

Jackson Hosptial & Clinic
Montgomery ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month ago

Ultrasound Technician (Per Diem)

Hackensack University Medical Center
North Bergen ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month ago

Ultrasound Technologist

Baycare Health System, Inc
Winter Haven ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month ago

Ultrasound Tech Generalist

Mission Health System, Inc
Asheville ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month ago

Ultrasound Tech I

LifePoint Hospitals
Danville ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month ago

Sonographer- Midnight Position

Children's Memorial Hospital
Chicago ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

Traveling Ultrasound Technologist

Life Line Screening of America Ltd.
Baltimore ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month ago

Echo. Tech - PRN

Bothwell Regional Health Ctr
Sedalia ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago