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What Sonographers Do

Sonographers use imaging technology to help physicians diagnose cardiac (heart) and peripheral vascular (blood vessel) ailments in patients. They also help physicians treat problems with cardiac and vascular systems, such as blood clots.

Work Environment

Sonographers work in healthcare facilities, which must be sanitary.

How to Become a Sonographer

There are several ways to become a sonographer. Although some sonographers are trained on the job, most get an associate’s degree. Many employers also require professional certification.


The median annual wage of sonographers was $49,410 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment is expected to grow by 29 percent from 2010 to 2020. As imaging technology evolves, medical facilities will use it to replace more invasive, costly procedures.

Quick Facts: Sonographers
2010 Median Pay $49,410 per year
Entry-Level Education Associate degree
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 49,400
Job Outlook, 2010-20 29% growth rate

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