A sonographer is the allied health professional who, for diagnostic purposes, uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create cross sectional images of the patient’s anatomy. Sonographers work in professional harmony with both the radiologist and the clinical physician. Sonographers are required to demonstrate a great deal of independent judgment.
Jackson College Offers the following program options:
Jackson College offers an associate degree in general sonography. This is a second admit program, meaning students must first take some basic studies courses then apply for admission to the sonography program. Clinical experiences provide real-world experience.
Sonographer positions are available in hospitals or larger doctor’s offices and clinics. General sonographers are often associated with obstetric and gynecological ultrasound, but do scan other areas throughout the body as well, such as abdomen and breast. In addition to general sonography, there are specialties in vascular sonography, focusing on all vessels except for the heart, and echocardiography, which focuses on the heart.
Starting wages average between $21 and $26 an hour.
Sonographers are in demand in today’s job market. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects 39 percent job growth through 2022.