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.

  • 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
  • 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

$74,203 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$52K
Median: $74K
$107K
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Sonographer Career Path

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L2
Sonographer
$74,203/yr
L3
Sonographer III
$79,843/yr
L4
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Sonographer Insights

Read what Sonographer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
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.”

Houston MethodistHouston Methodist
Ultrasound Technologist
Jan 7, 2021

“good balance in work and life”

Med-SmartMed-Smart
Cardiac Sonographer
May 14, 2021

“Management isn't impartial or honest.”

Vein Clinics of AmericaVein Clinics of America
Sonographer
Mar 27, 2020

“Great salary and bonuses.”

Advanced Urology Institute
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
May 13, 2020

“Doctors I worked with were amazing”

Grand Strand HealthGrand Strand Health
Echo Tech
Aug 20, 2021

“call pay was not competitive”

Stamford HospitalStamford Hospital
Ultrasound Technologist
Mar 20, 2021

“Per diem pay can be better to retain great workers”

CHI SystemsCHI Systems
Echocardiographer
Jan 21, 2021

“Great job to work for”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a sonographer

When working as a sonographer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Protocols, Doppler, RDMS, and RDCS.

The most similar professions to sonographer are:
  • Ct Technologist
  • Mri Technologist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Radiologic Technologist

The most common qualifications to become a sonographer include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.