Diagnostic Medical Sonography Career Information

What jobs can I get? How much can I get paid?

Degrees and certificates in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program may lead to the following jobs or careers:

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

$29.03
Entry Hourly Wage

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence


What is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer?

A diagnostic medical sonographer uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to visualize internal organs, soft tissue structures and vessels as requested by physicians to diagnose patients. Successful students are those who are persistent, independent thinkers.

If you think you’re interested in a career in sonography, considered a “springboard” career such as patient care technician or medical assistant. You’ll get an idea of whether this is a good career direction for you, plus gain valuable skills for the future. With more experience and study, you can move into other areas such as sonography.

What Does a Diagnostic Sonographer Do?

Sonographers:

  • Create sonographic images used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis
  • Perform sonographic exams using high-frequency sound waves to visualize internal organs
  • Use specialized ultrasound equipment, help decide which images to use, summarize technical findings and coordinate work with physicians and other health care team members
  • Have direct and extensive patient contact

CareerOneStop (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor) rates diagnostic medical sonographer as the top fastest-growing job in Texas for those with an associate degree, expected to grow a staggering 46% through 2024.

Every year, nearly 100% of El Centro’s sonography graduates are employed by affiliates in the metroplex. El Centro College is affiliated with more than 30 area hospitals in four surrounding counties, providing a broad range of clinical experience to augment instruction.