Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician
Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Some technologists assist physicians and surgeons during surgical procedures.
Their jobs encompass a variety of responsibilities:
Prepare patients for procedures by taking a history and answering questions.
Prepare and maintain diagnostic imaging equipment.
Operate equipment to obtain diagnostic images or conduct tests.
Analyze images and test results to check for quality and adequate coverage of the areas needed for diagnoses.
Recognize the difference between normal and abnormal images.
Analyze diagnostic information to provide a summary of findings for physicians.
Record findings and keep track of patients’ records.
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED and associate degree
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing much faster than average (24 percent projected growth)*
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