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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Also called: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS), Sonographer, Ultrasonographer

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What they do:
Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe screen during scan to ensure that image produced is satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments to equipment as required.
  • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.
  • Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.


  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • physics
  • psychology
  • medicine and dentistry


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
Medical software
  • Patient medical record software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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