Diagnostic medical sonographers are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, diagnostic medical sonographers rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 30% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy diagnostic medical sonographers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Health services manager
3.0
$101k
Occupational therapist assistant
3.0
$62k
Surgical technologist
3.0
$49k
Dental assistant
3.0
$39k
Medical transcriptionist
3.0
$30k
Diagnostic medical sonographer
3.0
$78k
Optometrist
3.0
$124k
Hearing aid specialist
2.9
$60k
Occupational health specialist
2.9
$73k
Medical appliance technician
2.9
$45k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are diagnostic medical sonographers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do diagnostic medical sonographers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as diagnostic medical sonographers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are diagnostic medical sonographer’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are diagnostic medical sonographers making the best use of their abilities?

Are diagnostic medical sonographers happy with their salary?

Diagnostic medical sonographers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.3/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most diagnostic medical sonographers having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked diagnostic medical sonographers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

129 diagnostic medical sonographers

5 Star
22%

22% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do diagnostic medical sonographers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, diagnostic medical sonographers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.1/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked diagnostic medical sonographers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

131 diagnostic medical sonographers

5 Star
18%

18% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
21%

21% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as diagnostic medical sonographers?

Diagnostic medical sonographers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.8/5. The majority of diagnostic medical sonographers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked diagnostic medical sonographers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

136 diagnostic medical sonographers

5 Star
35%

35% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a diagnostic medical sonographer’s work environment?

As a whole, diagnostic medical sonographers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.3/5. A solid majority of diagnostic medical sonographers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a diagnostic medical sonographer.

We asked diagnostic medical sonographers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

138 diagnostic medical sonographers

5 Star
21%

21% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are diagnostic medical sonographers making the best use of their abilities?

Former diagnostic medical sonographers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.3/5. Most diagnostic medical sonographers are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked diagnostic medical sonographers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

136 diagnostic medical sonographers

5 Star
24%

24% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
23%

23% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars