Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

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About the Job

Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

It is also Called

  • Vascular Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Tester
  • Ultrasound Technologist (Ultrasound Tech)
  • Ultrasound Technician (Ultrasound Tech)
  • Ultrasonographer
  • Ultrasonic Tester
  • Ultra Sound Technician
  • Staff Sonographer
  • Sonography Technician
  • Sonographer
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What They Do

  • Load and unload film cassettes used to record images from procedures.
  • Process and code film from procedures and complete appropriate documentation.
  • Maintain stock and supplies, preparing supplies for special examinations and ordering supplies when necessary.
  • Perform medical procedures, such as administering oxygen, inserting and removing airways, taking vital signs, or giving emergency treatment, such as first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Supervise or train students or other medical sonographers.
  • Perform legal and ethical duties, including preparing safety or accident reports, obtaining written consent from patient to perform invasive procedures, or reporting symptoms of abuse or neglect.
  • Perform clerical duties, such as scheduling exams or special procedures, keeping records, or archiving computerized images.
  • Clean, check, and maintain sonographic equipment, submitting maintenance requests or performing minor repairs as necessary.
  • Coordinate work with physicians or other healthcare team members, including providing assistance during invasive procedures.
  • Record and store suitable images, using camera unit connected to the ultrasound equipment.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ISR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Social and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Physics - 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.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $66,010 with most people making between $45,510 and $92,220

Outlook

1.89%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,440 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,900 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 46 openings due to growth and about 44 replacement openings for approximately 90 total annual openings.



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