Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Female, Age 52) in Farmington Hills, MI

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Current Job

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Job TitleDiagnostic Medical Sonographer
Salary$22,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week
Company Size(not answered)
LocationFarmington Hills, MI
Years Experience25 years

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for various doctor’s offices. The doctor’s that I work for practice internal medicine.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I perform an ultrasound examination. I write a report on my findings.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
None

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I feel I am well compensated.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I basically work alone. I perform an exam in my own private room. I do come in contact with people who sign in the patients that I am going to see. I like this, because they prepare the charts of the patient I will see and make my job easier. I also come in contact with patients on a daily basis. I like this because I am given the opportunity to help find out what is wrong with them, and it is challanging and rewarding.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
My work location is an office. I like it because I have my own room to work in with my own equipment.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 2
Benefits: 8
Hours: 5
Co-Workers: 7
Supervisors: 6
Job Title: 4
Level of Responsibility: 3
The Actual Work: 1

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Most of the doctors I work for were from referral.

What was the application process?
A paper application or a resume.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes, I had an interview by the doctor that was looking for an ultrasound tech.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
I was asked if I was registered, how much experience I had, where I went to school, what pay rate I was expecting, and what hours I would be available to work.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
My employer had nothing to do with preparing me for this job.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, I attendend an ultrasound program at a community college. I also studied for and took the national registry for this field.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, my educational background prepared me for perfoming ultrasound exams. I learned everything I needed to know on how to perform an exam in school. There was an internship experience as part of the school program.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Yes, it gave me a real feeling of what it would be like to work in different settings.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Attend a school or a program that teaches ultrasound. Become registered in ultrasound by taking the test given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Technical skills in perfoming the ultrasound exam. Social skill in dealing with patients. Organizational skills in keeping your work organized.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
yes

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
There are different ways to get paid in my field. You can get paid by the hour or you can get paid per patient. See which best suits your needs. If you don’t need insurance, then you will make more money getting paid per patient.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, working in ultrasound has been part of my career plan ever since I discovered the field.

What are your current career goals?
I could possibly learn to perfom other tests in ultrasound that I do not currently specialize in.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
It is an in – demand field, where it would not be difficult to find a job. It would be an excellent career choice.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Diagnostic Medical Sonographer23 years$20 – $25 per patienPerform ultrasound exam. Write results of exam.
Prior Job 2Diagnostic Medical Sonographer18 years$20 – $25 per patientPerform ultrasound exam. Write results of exam.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.4

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.3 – 3.6Wayne State, Oakland Community CollegePsychology, Bachelors, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Associates
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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