Career in Sonography

Sonographers perform ultrasound examinations of patients for diagnostic purposes. Typical duties include:

  • Create and interpret ultrasound images of organs, tissues, and blood flow
  • Recognize normal vs. abnormal conditions and modify exam as appropriate
  • Provide a summary of findings to interpreting physician


RRCC does not offer formal job placement services, but enrolled students can seek assistance via the Career Success Center. To see current job placement rates for graduates of the program, please see Program Highlights.

Average Hourly Wages for Sonographers: $23-33
Projected growth (2014-2024): Much faster than average
Projected job openings (2014-2024): 27,500

Career Paths

The following are specialties associated with diagnostic medical sonography. Training for AB, OB, and VT certification is included in the AAS degree. Other specialties listed require further certification. Visit the ARDMS website for more information about requirements.

  • Abdomen (AB)
  • Breast (BR)
  • Adult Echocardiography (AE)
  • Pediatric Echocardiography (PE)
  • Fetal Echocardiography (FE)
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) 
  • Pediatric Sonography (PS) 
  • Obstetrics (OB)/Gynecology
  • Vascular Technology (VT)

Gainful Employment Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The information provided here is the best available to us but represents one year's data only. However, we hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.Sonography - Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography