Diagnostic Sonographer

Diagnostic medical sonographers operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. The images and test results that diagnostic imaging workers produce help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions.

Diagnostic Sonographer

Average Hourly Earnings



Associate Degree


  • Prepare and maintain diagnostic imaging equipment
  • Prepare patient for exam by explaining what to expect; transferring patient to ultrasound table; and scrubbing skin and applying gel
  • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort
  • Select appropriate equipment settings and adjust patient positions to obtain the best sites and angles
  • Recognize the difference between normal and abnormal images and other diagnostic information
  • Analyze the images or test results to check for quality and adequate coverage of the areas needed for diagnoses
  • Record findings and keep track of patients' records
  • Analyze diagnostic information to provide a summary of findings for physicians

Work Environment

Sonographers complete most of their work at imaging machines in dimly lit rooms, but they also perform procedures at patients’ bedsides. They may be on their feet for long periods and may need to lift or turn patients who are disabled. Those employed in facilities that are always open may work evenings, weekends, or overnight.

Key Traits

Investigative. Frequently requires working with ideas and involves an extensive amount of thinking. May involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.