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?


  • 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.

According to CareerOneStop, average salaries and projected job growth in the Dallas metropolitan area are: 

Job Median Hourly
Median Annual
Projected Growth in Texas Through 2024
Diagnostic medical sonographer$35.34

Sonographers should experience excellent job opportunities as ultrasound becomes an increasingly attractive alternative to radiologic procedures (which use X-rays or radioactive material). With the strong shift towards outpatient care, more procedures are performed outside of hospitals and clinics, creating even more job openings for qualified sonographers.

See more about being a sonographer on the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography’s website.