The SDMS Publishes Model Job Descriptions for Sonographers

For Immediate Release


Plano, Texas – The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is pleased to announce that the SDMS Model Job Descriptions are now available for the following sonographer roles: staff sonographer, lead sonographer, advanced sonographer, and sonography manager.


In 2015, the SDMS conducted a task analysis survey of its membership. The collection of data began with a request for members to submit their current job descriptions. Many sonographers reported a lack of a written job description or an existing job description which did not accurately reflect their current activities and responsibilities.


The SDMS Advanced Sonography Committee and staff reviewed the job descriptions submitted to determine the frequency and importance of daily activities and responsibilities which characterize the work of sonographers. The resulting survey examined eighty-five specific job tasks that were categorized under one of eight sonographer job functions:


1. Documentation & Reporting
2. Performance of Ultrasound/Sonography Procedures
3. Equipment Use & Maintenance
4. Supervision & Management
5. Quality Assessment & Quality Improvement
6. Professional Development
7. Health Care Team Interaction
8. Student Education & Training


Following the completion of the survey[1], a diverse sonographer work group was appointed to analyze the survey data. Additional work and data collection will be required to create model job descriptions for the various sonography educator roles.


While the SDMS Model Job Descriptions contain the most common daily activities and responsibilities, they were not developed as mandatory criteria nor intended to be simply used “as is.” The job descriptions should be considered as a starting point for creating and updating current sonographer job descriptions. Employers should customize (i.e., modify, add, delete) the tasks that are assigned to the various sonographer positions, which may also reflect those tasks assigned to a particular sonographer based on their sonography or management experience or the certifications/credentials held.


Although use of the SDMS Model Job Descriptions’ job titles (i.e., staff sonographer, lead sonographer, advanced sonographer, sonography manager) is not required, the SDMS encourages employers to consider using modern job title terminology[2] such as “diagnostic medical sonographer” or “sonographer” and to eliminate job titles with antiquated language such as “ultrasound technician,” “ultrasound technologist,” “ultrasononographer,” etc.


To learn more and download the SDMS Model Job Descriptions, please visit:



Donald Kerns, JD, CAE
Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
(800) 229-9506 or (214) 473-8057 ext. 184


About the SDMS
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography ( is a professional membership organization founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of diagnostic medical sonography. With over 28,000 members, the SDMS is the largest association of sonographers and sonography students in the world.


About Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body to assess and diagnose various medical conditions. For more information, visit the SDMS Career Center at and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics at

[1] Survey distributed via email to 24,879 SDMS members – 1,628 members responded to the survey resulting in a statistical Confidence Level of P=.01 with a Confidence Interval (Margin-of-Error) of 3.09.

2 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (Jan. 8, 2014),

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