What Is a Sonographer?
A sonographer is responsible for operating diagnostic imaging equipment in order to take images of the human anatomy to help diagnose illnesses and afflictions. Sonographers also use their equipment to evaluate pregnancies and to ensure that the fetus is healthy and growing well.
To become a sonographer in the United States it is required that you complete a CAAHEP/JRC-DMS accredited program. Many sonographers choose to specialize in a specific field – such as obstetrics or cardiac. Programs to become a sonographer vary from one to four years, depending on the types of equipment and the range of anatomy covered.
The average salary for a sonographer is $61,984, and there is the opportunity to earn additional overtime and on-call wages. Becoming a sonographer takes dedication, but it is a rewarding career that gives you the opportunity to help people get healthy and stay healthy every single day.