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Medical sonographers operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of various parts of the body to aid physicians in monitoring pregnancies and in diagnosing cardiac, ophthalmic, vascular and other medical disorders. They are employed in clinics and hospitals. Medical sonographers who are supervisors or instructors are included in this unit group. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational description
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- Career Options - Ultrasound Technologist/Sonographer - Shared Health Manitoba
- Sokanu: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - occupational profile and videos (U.S)
- Your Guide to a Career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography - American Institute of Medical Sciences & Education (U.S)
- So you want to be a Sonographer - Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Video: Real Talk Sonography - American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (U.S)
- UM Discover your Future in Healthcare videos series: Allied Health Professionals (including Medical Sonographer)
- Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science - Health Care Careers: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- Let's Talk Science Career Profiles: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
The University of Manitoba does not offer the specialized training required to become a Medical Sonographer. However, students may complete pre-requisite courses at the U of M. Please view the links below for more information about training programs in Manitoba and across Canada.
If you are a University of Manitoba student who would like assistance determining an education plan that suits your unique occupational goals, speak with a Career Consultant.
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Information for foreign-trained Medical Sonographers - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Collective Agreements - Manitoba Association of Healthcare Professionals
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Sonography Canada
- Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
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These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience:
- Ultrasound of the Week -Website examining a weekly ultrasound case and learn about the diagnostic process
- Ultrasound Podcast.com - Current news and information regarding medical ultrasound (See friends of Ultrasound podcast for additional websites)
- About Ultrasound (Government of Canada) - Uses of fetal ultrasound and its application to health and business opportunities
Traveling Diagnostic Medical Sonographers on the Move - Ultrasound Technician Centre