I think this looks like a wonderful occupation (for my personality anyway). Quiet, one-on-one, great hours and excellent pay! I've become great friends with a Sonographer at my hospital and he absolutely loves his job! Compared to other employees that I chat with in the facility, he really seems to be the most content with his chosen occupation.
Sonographers can choose to work in clinics, hospitals, private practice physician offices, public health facilities, laboratories, and other medical settings performing examinations in their areas of specialization. Career advancement opportunities exist in education, administration, research, and in commercial companies as education/application specialists, sales representatives, technical advisors, etc.
According to the SDMS Salary and Benefits Survey report (released March, 2005), the median salary for sonographers is $61,984. This income includes:
1) hourly salary
2) overtime and
3) on-call pay.
The typical hourly pay rate is $29, and the number of overtime hours worked per week by sonographers is 3. The typical on-call pay rate is $3.00 per hour, and the call-in rate of pay is $42 per hour.
Comprehensive Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs vary in length from one to four years depending on the degree or certificate awarded.