Sonographers are technicians with expertise in operating sonography equipment which is a technology that makes it possible to create virtual images of the body’s internal organs without invasive surgery. They must be skilled at knowing what kind of equipment settings will result in the clearest images of the area of the body under study. Sonographers work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. In some facilities they may specialize in specific fields such as cardiology or obstetrics. According to the website most employers prefer to hire sonographers who have attended accredited training programs which are offered at some vocational-technical institutions. It is also preferable to attend accredited colleges and universities that offer two-year or even four-year programs leading to associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. Most educational programs include courses such as anatomy basic physics and physiology. In some cases hospitals train their own employees in the skills required to operate sonography equipment. Sonographers should be physically fit because they often have to move patients in order to position them correctly and their job may require them to bend and be on their feet for long periods of time. Also they must have good interpersonal skills so they can communicate with patients in order to explain the procedures to them while also lowering their anxiety level. Sonographers are not required to have a license but job opportunities are most plentiful for those that pass an exam which allows them to be registered with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Sonographers usually work a 40-hour week but they may sometimes have to work overtime. Earnings depend on their experience as well as employer and location but on average they earn approximately $61980 a year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $61980
High Salary: $63980
Low Salary: $59980
Tasks: Explains sonography procedures to patients.
Operates sonography equipment.
Chooses correct equipment settings.
Directs patients to move into positions that will offer the best view.
Also Called: Diagnostic Imaging Specialist
Diagnostic Imaging Technician
Ultrasound Technician
Ultrasound Specialist
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