Medical Sonographers

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Medical Sonographers

Medical Sonographers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, medical sonographers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a very high level of social interaction. They constantly talk to patients, doctors, and nurses.
  • Communicate by telephone, e-mail, and in person on a constant basis. They write letters and memos, but less often.
  • Work as a part of a larger medical team.
  • Are greatly responsible for the health and safety of others.
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  • Frequently deal with people who may be unpleasant or angry due to discomfort and illness.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
  • Are occasionally placed in conflict situations.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Are exposed to diseases and infections from contact with patients on a daily basis.
  • Work very near others. They come in close physical contact with patients every day.
  • Regularly wear safety attire, including surgical masks and gloves.
  • Must get into awkward positions to reach a cramped space on a weekly basis. In order to reach a particular spot on a patient's body, they may have to kneel or stoop.
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  • Are exposed to contaminants on a weekly basis.
  • Always work indoors.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact and accurate when running equipment. Errors in testing can seriously endanger patients' health.
  • Make decisions that strongly impact their employer, coworkers, and patients on a daily basis. They rarely consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
  • Set most of their tasks and goals for the day without talking to a supervisor first. Work is usually dictated by patient needs.
  • Work in a moderately stressful atmosphere. They must abide by daily patient schedules.
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  • Often repeat the same physical and mental activities.


  • Generally work a set schedule.
  • Usually work full time, about 40 hours per week.
  • May work nights, weekends, or holidays. Hospitals need tests run at all hours of the day.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.