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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 $
77,000
Jobs Available
1,400+
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

Adult Cardiac Sonography, A.A.S.

El Centro College
Dallas (0.0 Miles)

Sonography, A.A.S.

Midland College
Midland (0.0 Miles)
Cuyahoga Community College

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Cuyahoga Community College
Brunswick (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Harper College
Palatine (0.0 Miles)

Sonography, A.A.S.

Delta College
University Center (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Tacoma Community College
Tacoma (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Andalusia (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Harrisburg Area Community College
Harrisburg (0.0 Miles)

Pediactric Cardiac Sonography, A.A.S.

El Centro College
Dallas (0.0 Miles)

Medical Imaging Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

San Jacinto College District
Pasadena (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.A.S.

Lorain County Community College
Elyria (0.0 Miles)

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, A.A.S.

Harper College
Palatine (0.0 Miles)
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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

Coordinates

Cardiovascular Sonographer - University Hospital (6938)

UW Health Partners
Madison ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Echo Vascular Technician

HCA
Augusta ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Sonographer

Novant Health
Charlotte ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Cardiac Sonographer - Per Diem

Partners Healthcare System
Northampton ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Ultrasonographer III

Munson Medical Center
Traverse City ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Ultrasonographer- Eligible for a Sign on Bonus!

Eastern Connecticut Health Network
Vernon ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Registered Sonographer

Mercy Medical Center - Canton
Canton ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

1162-010 Registered General Ultrasound Technologist - FT

Community Health System
Las Cruces ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 1 week ago