Sonographers operate ultrasound equipment to acquire, interpret and selectively record anatomical images, physical data and real-time physiological information for medical diagnostic purposes in conjunction with Medical Practitioners.

    A postgraduate degree in medical sonography is needed to work as a Sonographer.

    Tasks

    • Receives referrals to perform medical imaging.
    • Determines appropriate equipment to use, and selects appropriate equipment settings to provide the diagnostic information requested by medical practitioners.
    • Calculates details of procedures such as length and intensity of exposure and settings of recording equipment.
    • Explains procedures to patients and answers their queries about processes.
    • Ensures patient's welfare during procedures.
    • Positions patients, screens and equipment preparatory to procedures.
    • Decides if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes and selects images to show medical practitioners.
    • Conveys findings of procedures to medical practitioners.

    All Medical Imaging Professionals

    • $2,354 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Sonographers

    • 4,800 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 56% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 76% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Sonographers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 3,400 in 2011 to 4,800 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Sonographers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (56%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 76% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Sonographers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Sonographers.

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance97.9
    Public Administration and Safety0.8
    Wholesale Trade0.3
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing0.3
    Other Industries0.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateSonographersAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.431.6
    VIC20.525.6
    QLD23.620.0
    SA8.47.0
    WA9.710.8
    TAS1.82.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT1.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSonographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-243.4-9.39.3
    25-3433.3-22.922.9
    35-4429.3-22.022.0
    45-5420.9-21.621.6
    55-597.6-9.09.0
    60-644.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationSonographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate54.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree31.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.2-21.121.1
    Year 121.3-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A postgraduate degree in medical sonography is needed to work as a Sonographer.

    You must also be registered with the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry.

    Thinking about study or training?

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    Employers look for Medical Imaging Professionals who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

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    1. Customer and Personal Service

      80% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. English Language

      59% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Psychology

      56% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. Clerical

      55% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. Physics

      54% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

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    1. Being Exact or Accurate

      97% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    2. Contact With Others

      97% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    3. Physical Proximity

      96% Important

      How physically close are you to other people?

    4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      96% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    5. Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions

      94% Important

      How much time do you spend making repetitive motions?

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