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What Does it Take to Be a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

Example of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Job Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Responsibilities

  • Maintain records that include patient information, sonographs and interpretations, files of correspondence, publications and regulations, or quality assurance records, such as pathology, biopsy, or post-operative reports.
  • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.
  • Clean, check, and maintain sonographic equipment, submitting maintenance requests or performing minor repairs as necessary.
  • Supervise or train students or other medical sonographers.
  • Prepare patient for exam by explaining procedure, transferring patient to ultrasound table, scrubbing skin and applying gel, and positioning patient properly.
  • Obtain and record accurate patient history, including prior test results or information from physical examinations.

What a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Should Know

These are the skills Diagnostic Medical Sonographers say are the most useful in their careers:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Types of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Jobs

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Ultra Sound Technician
  • Polysomnographic Technologist
  • Polysomnographic Technician
  • Echo Tech (Echocardiographic Technician)

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Job Outlook

In the United States, there were 67,300 jobs for Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 23.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 15,600 new jobs for Diagnostic Medical Sonographer by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 5,400 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Diagnostic Medical Sonographer are Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Rhode Island, Illinois, or Connecticut. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Make A Lot Of Money?

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers make between $51,430 and $100,480 a year.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers who work in Hawaii, Alaska, or California, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $56,450
Alaska $93,740
Arizona $83,320
Arkansas $63,140
California $92,660
Colorado $83,430
Connecticut $82,370
Delaware $72,230
District of Columbia $90,860
Florida $65,830
Georgia $61,960
Hawaii $94,350
Idaho $80,330
Illinois $76,700
Indiana $68,970
Iowa $68,960
Kansas $72,020
Kentucky $65,790
Louisiana $60,360
Maine $78,220
Maryland $75,270
Massachusetts $83,780
Michigan $61,130
Minnesota $80,390
Mississippi $61,200
Missouri $73,920
Montana $76,700
Nebraska $64,200
Nevada $76,220
New Hampshire $79,680
New Jersey $77,110
New Mexico $63,840
New York $74,960
North Carolina $66,850
North Dakota $70,950
Ohio $65,840
Oklahoma $68,900
Oregon $86,380
Pennsylvania $66,470
Rhode Island $84,990
South Carolina $65,870
South Dakota $60,500
Tennessee $64,080
Texas $71,580
Utah $75,070
Vermont $78,210
Virginia $74,390
Washington $87,960
West Virginia $61,740
Wisconsin $83,670
Wyoming $66,090

What Tools & Technology do Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Diagnostic Medical Sonographers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • Email software
  • Word processing software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Database software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Medical procedure coding software
  • Calendar and scheduling software

How do I Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

Learn what Diagnostic Medical Sonographer education requirements there are.

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

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Where Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Work

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