What does a Sonographer do?

A sonographer works alongside several physicians and is employed as a healthcare provider. They work as a medical imaging professional and provide requested images to doctors in order to facilitate their diagnosis and treatment of patients. The position of a sonographer is specialized as it utilizes knowledge of medical terminology as well as specialized imaging technology.

Education for the position can vary greatly by state. Many colleges offer training through two-year associate degree courses, and certification is available through accredited intuitions. A sonographer works directly with patients, so a professional demeanor and interpersonal skills are essential. Additionally, they correspond with physicians to ensure the ideal treatment for patients, so an advanced understanding of human anatomy and medical terminology is required. Employees who excel in the position tend to be passionate about the field and are highly organized.

What responsibilities are common for Sonographer jobs?
  • Conduct phone meetings with physicians throughout the medical office to answer questions or attain detailed relating to ordered sonographic images
  • Prepare ultrasound equipment and exam room ensuring proper sterilization and safety procedures are followed
  • Review the patient's medical chart prior to their appointment and have a clear understanding of the images required
  • Use positioning tools and safety equipment properly to ensure patient safety and comfort throughout the imaging
  • Attend continuing education courses and work to advance personal knowledge and experience within the field
  • Use ethical judgment and critical thinking skills to perform diagnostic imaging safely
  • Review images before sending to the physician to ensure a clear image of the area requested
  • Use ethical judgment and critical thinking skills to perform diagnostic imaging safely
What are the typical qualifications for Sonographer jobs?
  • Depending upon the state, a state-issued license may be required
  • Proficiency with computer software commonly used for documentation and sonographic report presentation
  • Experience working in a medical office alongside specialized physicians
  • Demonstrated knowledge and adherence to HIPAA legislation and other patient privacy laws
  • Experience working with sensitive and personal patient records and information
  • Physical endurance and the ability to work primarily in a standing position
  • Proficient in troubleshooting common software and hardware challenges in relation to the regular use of an ultrasound machine
  • Accountability and attention to detail is essential when handling and documenting important medical information
  • A friendly and professional demeanor is required when explaining procedures and processes to patients
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Sonographer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$83,239 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$71K
Median: $83K
$97K
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Sonographer Career Path

Learn how to become a Sonographer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Sonographer
$83,239/yr
L3
Sonographer III
$70,663/yr
L4
Adjunct Sonographer
No Salary Reports
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
35%
2 - 4
35%
5 - 7
0%
8+
30%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Sonographer Insights

Read what Sonographer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
TridentCareTridentCare
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Feb 16, 2022

“I love having a flexible work schedule along with the independence that comes with scheduling your day.”

Dell TechnologiesDell Technologies
TSE I
Oct 3, 2020

“Good training if you are new in IT I recommend to get your foot in the door it’s hardcore but it’s worth it”

PennymacPennymac
HLS I
Nov 3, 2020

“I see myself working my way up through this wonderful company and continuing my career with PNMAC”

Mountain America Credit UnionMountain America Credit Union
MSR I
Feb 23, 2022

“Mountain America is one of the best credit unions around and actually care about the people working for them!”

Midwest Express Clinic Midwest Express Clinic
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Dec 14, 2020

“I am forever grateful to have this opportunity to advance my career and my knowledge.”

CoStar GroupCoStar Group
CRC I
Nov 15, 2021

“Good money if you have just left uni and its your first job”

Houston MethodistHouston Methodist
Ultrasound Technologist
Jan 7, 2021

“good balance in work and life”

Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterCedars-Sinai Medical Center
CRC I
Mar 22, 2021

“Great for career growth and development”

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Sonographer Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of sonographers

Sonographers spend their average workday conducting ultrasound examinations. They often perform 10 to 12 ultrasound scans during their average shift. They then analyze these to diagnose conditions and share the information with doctors to determine an ideal course of treatment for the patient.

Yes, sonography is a good career and becoming a sonographer only requires two years of training. It's a well-paid job field with a very positive job outlook. Sonographers play an important role on a diagnostic team for helping patients, and the position is usually very rewarding.

Like many jobs, working as a sonographer can be difficult. They spend most of the workday on their feet conducting ultrasounds. Their schedule might be erratic, including nights and weekend shifts. Also, a sonographer might have to deal with stressed or anxious patients.

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