Diagnostic medical sonographers are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

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 2% 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
Dental assistant
3.0
$27k
Health services manager
3.0
$71k
Optometrist
3.0
$110k
Occupational therapist assistant
3.0
$50k
Medical transcriptionist
3.0
$26k
Diagnostic medical sonographer
3.0
$61k
Radiologic technologist
3.0
$46k
Ophthalmic medical technician
2.9
$33k
Respiratory therapist
2.9
$50k
Orthotist and prosthetist
2.9
$66k

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 3.0/5. 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:

3.0 out of 5 stars

5 Star
24%

24% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% 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

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

5 Star
34%

34% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% 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. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

5 Star
22%

22% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% 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
13%

13% 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

5 Star
24%

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

4 Star
24%

24% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% 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
10%

10% of diagnostic medical sonographers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars