The job market for diagnostic medical sonographers is booming, expected to grow a staggering 33 percent in Texas (much higher than the national average of 19 percent) through the year 2016, according to America's Career Infonet.

Estimated salary for entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers employed in the DFW metroplex is $52,000 and up. For the past 10 years, 90 percent of El Centro’s sonography graduates have been employed by affiliates in the metroplex. El Centro is affiliated with 36 area hospitals in four surrounding counties, providing a broad range of clinical experience to augment instruction.

Find out more about the skills, abilities, work activities and recommended education for jobs in sonography from America’s Career Infonet or the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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.

More information about careers in sonography can be found on the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography website.

For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.