Career Opportunities

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. Click here to visit The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography webpage for a short video and brochure on the career. Also click here to visit ARDMS for more 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

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 American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers allows sonographers to earn credentials such as:
  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS).
  • Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT).
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS).

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.

The American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) offers:

  • Sonography R.T. (S).
  • Breast Sonography R.T. (BS).
  • Vascular Sonography R.T. (VS).