Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Also called: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS), Sonographer

Career Cluster: Health Science
What they do:
Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians. Includes vascular technologists.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe screen during scan to ensure that image produced is satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments to equipment as required.
  • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.
  • Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
KNOWLEDGE

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • physics
  • psychology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
SKILLS

Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
ABILITIES

Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Medical software
  • eClinicalWorks EHR software
  • MEDITECH software
EDUCATION


associate's degree or certificate after high school
usually needed
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JOB OUTLOOK


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Salary:
High: $107,730.00
Median: $81,350.00
Low: $61,430.00
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