About the Profession

A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly skilled professional who creates diagnostic images of structures inside the body using soundwaves. Sonographers are responsible for:

  • Operating sonographic equipment.
  • Performing medical sonograms.
  • Critically analyzing information.
  • Communicating findings of the examinations to physicians.

What are the different types of sonograms that can be performed?

  • Organs in the abdomen.
  • Blood vessels in the extremities, neck, and abdomen.
  • Structures such as the thyroid, breast, uterus, ovaries, prostate, and testicles.
  • Obstetrical imaging including high-risk pregnancies.

Career Information

Sonography is a dynamic field with ever changing technology. The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography offers a short but very informative video and brochure on the career. For quick access to this information select this link: SDMS Career Information. The ARDMS also provides excellent information regading a career as a sonographer, select the following link for quick access: Career Opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Sonography careers offer many routes for advancement and growth. Those interested in a sonography career may find employment in hospitals, clinics, private practices, or other settings, working as:

  • Staff sonographers
  • Lead sonographers
  • Department managers
  • Application specialists
  • Education

Estimated Starting Salaries

Students looking at images

Salaries vary by geographical location. Average starting salary in the Mid-South area is approximately $22 to $25 per hour with the national annual average around $25 per hour, according to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

Certifications

 There are several credentialing agencies that offer National Board Examinations in sonography:

  • The Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) allows sonographers to earn credentials such as:
    • RCCS: Registered Congenital Cardiac Sonographer.
    • RCS: Registered Cardiac Sonographer.
    • RPhS: Registered Phlebology Sonographer.
    • RVS: Registered Vascular Specialist.