Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

General Information

Description

Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians. Includes vascular technologists.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit59.96%
  2. Private, not for profit30.00%
  3. Self-employed4.54%
  4. State and local government3.38%
  5. Federal government1.81%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 12,000 openings for medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$75,920

Military salary*

$50,580

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State-by-state Salary

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$104,390
$58,230
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 47%
  • Post-secondary certificate 19%
  • Bachelor's degree 16%
  • First professional degree 16%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Psychology
  • Clerical
  • Physics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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