A sonographer is a medical professional who is specially trained to operate an ultrasound machine. They are also trained to view the information obtained from the images produced by the ultrasound machine while working in conjunction with medical professionals who analyze these images and consults with patients. Some attributes that are required to be a sonographer is: compassion and empathy towards patients, to be relatively physically fit (sonographers generally stand for long periods of time and some heavy lifting may be required), high level interpersonal and communication skills and an interest in science and technology.


  In Australia, year 12 or equivalent needs to be completed before enrolling in a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Science or related discipline at university. After this has been completed a postgraduate diploma or masters in sonography must be undertaken. When this has been completed you must be registered with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) before you can formally practice as a sonographer. One of the leading universities offering the above courses is Curtin University, but there are also courses available at the University of South Australia, Charles Sturt University, Monash University and Swinburne University. There are limited courses available for study online as well through Open Universities Australia.

 The starting salary of a trained sonographer is roughly $60,000 per year, with average sonographer salary at $78,000 per year. Employment trends currently indicate that sonographers are becoming more in demand as time goes on. Employment is available in a variety of locations. Most commonly sonographers work in radiology clinics, but there are also opportunities in hospitals and surgeries.

 If you are passionate about health and science, then considering a career as a sonographer could be the ideal choice for you. There are plenty of different areas that use ultrasound technology such as obstetric, neurosonography, vascular, cardiac, breast, abdominal organs and gynecology. So whatever area you are passionate about you are sure to find something that suits you. A quick look over the jobs available for sonographers will indicate that there are plenty of opportunities for someone with the right training and skills.

 After putting in the time and effort of studying and being trained to become a sonographer, you can look forward to a long and rewarding career. With a rising employment demand, there are job opportunities available when training has been completed and are ready to start practicing. A career in health, medicine and science can be immensely rewarding and is well worth the consideration.