Employment Outlook & Career Options
Further Your Education
As a profession, sonography emphasizes career development, which can lead to additional
certification in echocardiography and vascular imaging.
Palm Beach State College also offers a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management. This two-year bachelor’s degree program typically requires an associate degree to
By adding management knowledge to the clinical expertise gained
in your A.S. degree program, you can position yourself for greater career options.
Career & Employment Outlook
Your Career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Sonography relies heavily on the skills of the diagnostic medical sonographer who operates the ultrasound equipment to produce images of the body’s internal organs, blood vessels, joints, muscles and tendons. Working one-on-one with patients, the sonographer must have an exceptional understanding of human anatomy, superior eye-hand coordination, technical and analytic abilities, good people skills and a creative, self-directed approach in order to locate and capture clear and accurate images of each patient’s anatomy and pathology.
Ultrasound is used in most medical specialties, and because no radiation is involved, this “gentle imaging” is often the first step in determining a diagnosis. As a result, diagnostic medical sonographers are needed nationwide in hospitals, physician offices, clinics and urgent care centers. Experienced sonographers also may become supervisors, educators, or work in sales or training for ultrasound equipment manufacturers.
The employment outlook is excellent. The demand of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase by about 39% through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, which is much faster than average for all occupations. The 2012 median annual salary for diagnostic medical sonographers was more than $60,000.
Most employers will only hire medical imaging technologists with professional certification. Your path to becoming a credentialed professional starts with your education. Learn why you should only consider an accredited program.
Sonography Web Resources
AIUM - The Association for Medical Ultrasound