Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

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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. Includes vascular technologists.
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 practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

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:

Medical software

  • eClinicalWorks EHR software Hot Technology
  • MEDITECH software Hot Technology

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Electronic mail software

  • Email software


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

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