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What You Need to Know About Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Job Description: Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

Life As a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

  • Clean, check, and maintain sonographic equipment, submitting maintenance requests or performing minor repairs as necessary.
  • Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
  • Perform medical procedures, such as administering oxygen, inserting and removing airways, taking vital signs, or giving emergency treatment, such as first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Obtain and record accurate patient history, including prior test results or information from physical examinations.
  • Load and unload film cassettes used to record images from procedures.
  • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.

Things a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Should Know How to Do

When polled, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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

  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer
  • Polysomnographic Technologist
  • Cardiovascular Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Technician (Ultrasound Tech)
  • Ultra Sound Technician

Job Outlook for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 67,300 jobs in the United States for Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. 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. There will be an estimated 5,400 positions for Diagnostic Medical Sonographer per year.


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.

What is the Average Salary of a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

The salary for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers ranges between about $51,430 and $100,480 a year.


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

Tools & Technologies Used by Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

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

Becoming a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Are there Diagnostic Medical Sonographers education requirements?


What work experience do I need to become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?


Who Employs Diagnostic Medical Sonographers?


The table below shows the approximate number of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers employed by various industries.


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