Diagnostic medical sonographers operate ultrasound equipment that aids in the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. They use a transducer to transmit high-frequency sound waves through the patient’s body to create an image for physicians to interpret.
The majority of sonographers are employed by hospitals, but they can also work in physician offices and diagnostic imaging centers. Most work 40 hours a week, which may include nights and weekends.
Sonography programs vary from one to four years in length, depending on the degree awarded. Most training programs last two years and result in a certificate, but associate’s and bachelor’s degrees are also available.
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
The job outlook for diagnostic medical sonographers is good. The growth rate for the next decade is 17%, which is well above average.