Diagnostic Medical Sonography Careers
Mount Mary University’s accredited diagnostic medical sonography program prepares you to become a certified sonographer. A career in diagnostic medical sonography allows you to help doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions, use the latest ultrasound technology, interact with patients and work in a hospital or clinic.
The four-year degree difference—There are three different avenues to enter the diagnostic medical sonography field, including programs of varying lengths. As in other healthcare professions, the growing trend is toward employing sonographers who have a bachelor’s degree. Earning a bachelor’s degree provides more career options, greater opportunity for advancement into management and greater earning potential.
Growing Demand for Certified Sonographers
Demand for sonographers is expected to grow as sonographic technology rapidly evolves, becomes a substitute for costly and invasive procedures and develops new procedures such as 3-D and 4-D sonography used in obstetric and ophthalmologic diagnosis.
The median annual salary for a diagnostic medical sonographer is $64,380, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pay varies slightly depending on education and type of workplace (physician office, hospital or laboratory.)
A few states require diagnostic medical sonographers to be licensed, in addition to being certified. Sonographers also must take continuing education to keep their certification current. See the curriculum information for details on certification.
Learn more about the diagnostic medical sonography profession through the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.