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Career Guide: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Career Guide: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Prospects

Job opportunities should be favorable. In addition to job openings from growth, some openings will arise from the need to replace sonographers who retire or leave the occupation permanently for some other reason. Pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders has made it difficult for sonographers to perform well. Some are forced to leave the occupation early because of this disorder.

More on Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Salary: $$40,960 - $$77,520
Min. Education: Associate's, Bachelor's
Related Careers: Cardiovascular Technologist, Radiologic Technologist


Median annual earnings of diagnostic medical sonographers were $57,160 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $48,890 and $67,670 a year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $40,960, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $77,520. Median annual earnings of diagnostic medical sonographers in May 2006 were $56,970 in offices of physicians and $56,850 in general medical and surgical hospitals.

Related Occupations

Diagnostic medical sonographers operate sophisticated equipment to help physicians and other health practitioners diagnose and treat patients. Workers in related occupations include cardiovascular technologists and technicians, clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, nuclear medicine technologists, radiologic technologists and technicians, and respiratory therapists.


For information on diagnostic medical sonographer careers, contact:

• Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 2745 Dallas Pkwy., Suite 350, Plano, TX 75093-8730.

For information on becoming a registered diagnostic medical sonographer, contact:

• American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 51 Monroe St., Plaza East 1, Rockville, MD 20850-2400.

For more information on ultrasound in medicine, contact:

• American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, 14750 Sweitzer Lane, Suite 100, Laurel, MD 20707-5906.

For a current list of accredited education programs in diagnostic medical sonography, contact:

• Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 2025 Woodlane Dr., St. Paul, MN 55125-2998.

• Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs, 35 East Wacker Dr., Suite1970, Chicago, IL 60601.

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