Everything you need to know about becoming a sonographer

Sonography is pivotal for helping patients receive the correct diagnosis and is always a role in high demand. Those who decide to work in this profession are guaranteed a varied and engaging career, full of rewarding moments and opportunities for progression. Does this sound like the next logical step for your career? Carry on reading for a summary of everything you need to know about becoming a sonographer. 




Most employers will expect candidates to have a postgraduate certificate in sonography or a related field such as diagnostic radiography, nursing or midwifery. This must be ratified by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).


It is important to note that sonography is not recognised under the HCPC, so there is no legal requirement to register. However, it is advised that those previously qualified as a radiographer or similar should register, not only to protect your professional title, but also to demonstrate your capability to practise in your profession safely and effectively.


There is also the option to take an apprenticeship in sonography, which takes around 36 to complete. 


Desirable skills:


  • Sufficient medical knowledge 
  • Relevant technical skills 
  • Good communication, both written and verbal 
  • Admin skills 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Empathy and patience 


What does a typical day look like? 


As a sonographer, you will be responsible for performing general ultrasound exams in obstetrics. This includes producing images, interpreting the results and writing reports that explain this information clearly and concisely. Being in such a people-centric role requires strong interpersonal skills as you will guide the patient through their appointment from pre-scan to follow-up. 


Still intrigued? Contact our specialist agents on 0203 929 4017 today and we’ll find just the sonographer role for you. 


Alternatively, you can view our latest job opportunities here!