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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Scanning...We See through hearing, Medical Sonographer in Your Potential Future Have you ever had an ultra-sound? If you answer yes, then you are or were experiencing a pregnancy, Congartulations. If you answer no, you probably have had an ultra sound without even knowing. Many people associate Sonography with pregnancy which is accurate but it also serves for many other diagnosis of medical conditions. Ultra-Sounds has to do with Diagnostic Medical Sonography. It is a branch of diagnostic medical imaging where they use the ultrasound for medical diagnosis. A DMS uses an Ultrasound to produce a 2D and 3D imaging of the body.

A diagnostic medical sonographer, or ultrasound technician, is a person who uses ultrasound machines to view and interpret images with sound waves for the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. One of the most common uses for ultrasound testing is in the field of obstetrics to view the developing fetus for signs of any abnormal conditions and to determine a closer approximation of the age of the fetus. Diagnostic medical sonographer job duties are varied.     

Estimates show an annual job opening of 150 for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the Gulf Coast region!

34% growth

Growth 58 Transfers 49 Retire 51

Salaries for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are approximately $20,000 more than the average amount of all other occupations, making it a desirable career opportunity.  

2017 Annual Job Wages

Is being a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer right for you?*

These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career in radiologic technology. Los siguientes datos describen la importancia relativa de cada área del conocimiento/habilidad según la opinión de quienes están en la industria.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid,  material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

  *Fuente: Texas Career Check.

Plan Early for a Career as a Radiologic Technologist High School Endorsement: 

Public Service | STEM

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer occupations usually require completion of a two-year associate degree program. No obstante, los programas de capacitación duran de 1 a 4 años y otorgan un certificado, una tecnicatura o una licenciatura. Puede encontrar programas de capacitación en:

  • Institutos de enseñanza
  • Universidades
  • Institutos vocacionales técnicos
  • En algunos casos, la capacitación se puede realizar en programas patrocinados por hospitales

In addition to training completion, employers generally require job candidates to be certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography for specialty imaging procedures (e.g. sonography, mammography, or densitometry). Para ser elegible para la certificación, los técnicos se deben graduar en un programa acreditado y aprobar un examen. Además, por lo general, se requiere que los candidatos tengan una licencia o sean elegibles para obtener una otorgada por el Departamento Estatal de Servicios de Salud de Texas.

Helpful Skills to Get to Know

  • Medical Software: Medical procedure coding software, MEDITECH software, or CT imaging software
  • Database Interface and Query Software


Where do you go from here?

 Con experiencia y capacitación adicional, los candidatos pueden especializarse, pasar a otras ocupaciones relacionadas o avanzar a puestos de administración:
Top 5 Industries

Gulf Coast Region Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs Community Colleges

Instituciones relacionadas a la salud

Principales empleadores en la región de la Costa del Golfo de México

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*Incluye los siguientes condados: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller y Wharton.