Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.
- Cardiac Sonographer
- Cardiac/Vascular Sonographer
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- Echo Tech (Echocardiographic Technician)
- Registered Diagnonstic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)
- Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- Sonogram Technician
- Sonography Technician
- Ultra Sound Technician
- Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
- Decide which images to include, looking for differences between healthy and pathological areas.
- Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of the motion, shape, and composition of blood, organs, tissues, or bodily masses, such as fluid accumulations.
- Observe screen during scan to ensure that image produced is satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments to equipment as required.
- Select appropriate equipment settings and adjust patient positions to obtain the best sites and angles.
- Prepare patient for exam by explaining procedure, transferring patient to ultrasound table, scrubbing skin and applying gel, and positioning patient properly.
- Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.
- Obtain and record accurate patient history, including prior test results or information from physical examinations.
- Determine whether scope of exam should be extended, based on findings.
- Maintain records that include patient information, sonographs and interpretations, files of correspondence, publications and regulations, or quality assurance records, such as pathology, biopsy, or post-operative reports.
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.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- 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.
- Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
- 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.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
In 2012, the average annual wage in California was $84,220 with most people making between $55,100 and $116,830
During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 5,300 people in California. It is projected that there will be 7,300 employed in 2020.
This occupation will have about 200 openings due to growth and about 80 replacement openings for approximately 280 total annual openings.
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majorRadiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
collegeLoma Linda University
majorMedical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
collegeOrange Coast College
majorDiagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
collegeCharles R Drew University of Medicine and Science