Ultrasound technicians play an important role within the healthcare system. If the ultrasound technician misses something, then the doctor will likely miss it too.
It is an honorable profession which revolves around being there for those in need, but many ultrasound technicians struggle to find work. How come?
The resume. We are going to show you how to write an ultrasound technician resume that stands out. Check out our complete resume sample at the bottom.
Resume objective for ultrasound technicians
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 12-14% growth in the number of sonographer jobs by 2029, which is significantly faster than average. This means there will be more job opportunities for you, and it is about time to get your resume ready and polished!
Throughout our research process, where we sampled many ultrasound technician resumes, we noticed the importance of starting your resume off with a resume objective.
It shows the hiring manager a glimpse of who you are, beyond your experience and academic background. An ultrasound technician should be a people person, to handle delicate situations, and also a team player.
A tip when writing your ultrasound technician resume objective is to grab a fact from each resume section, and use that to create a dynamic introduction.
Collaborative ultrasound technician with BLS and ARDMS certifications, and a desire to grow professionally. Skilled with medical equipment calibration, proficient in both 2D and 3D scanning, works great under pressure, and with a proven track record of working with both team members and patients.
Resume skills for ultrasound technicians
An ultrasound technician is someone who understands the responsibility of the profession, who is curious about physiology, anatomy, enjoys finding answers and investigating potential problems, and someone who is inquisitive and goal-oriented.
You also need to be able to think on your feet, communicate effectively with patients and make the patient feel comfortable, and you need excellent multitasker skills.
We surveyed dozens of resume samples and work posts, and saw a clear preference for listing ultrasound technician skills. According to the American College for Medical Careers, basing your resume on relevant skills is a smart move, and especially if you lack experience.
Examples of hard skills to list are excellent medical terminology, diagnostics experience, adequate sterilization techniques, Voluson 730 expertise, knowledge of obstetrics and fetal development competence, a BLS certification and an RDMS membership.
It is a fast-paced job that requires professionalism, and the skill section is an excellent chance for you to show the hiring manager why you are a good fit for the job.
Patient-oriented | Inquisitive | Respectful | Team player | BLS certification | ARDMS certification | Voluson 730 | Doppler | 2D scanning | 3D spatial awareness | Strong clinical skills | RDMS membership | Equipment calibration
Ultrasound technician work experience
The first thing most hiring managers look at is your credentials and qualifications, and secondly they tend to look at your work experience.
You can learn everything you need to know – on paper – when studying to become an ultrasound technician, but nothing beats real work experience.
It is common for inexperienced ultrasound technicians to opt for volunteering or shadowing a professional in order to gain work experience, as this is one of the professions where only sonographer work experience is truly relevant.
You may have had 15 other jobs before starting your career as an ultrasound technician, but these can be left out of your resume unless they are related to the medical field or patient care.
According to ARMDS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography), prioritized content is extremely important when writing your ultrasound technician resume, and you need to be selective when writing the work experience section.
Sample Work Experience
Ace-Stack LLC, Fall River Mills, CA
Ultrasound Technician, 2015 – 2020
Worked with noninvasive diagnostic ultrasound techniques to aid the facility doctors in diagnosing patients, and used Microsoft Office applications to compile relevant data.
- Performed ultrasound examinations and diagnostic procedures on up to 25 patients per day.
- Focused on explaining every step of the procedure to the patients, which resulted in a 63% increase in returning patients.
- Demonstrated excellent competency in spatial pulse length and other pulse characteristics, and was asked to teach other employees.
- Was named ‘Employee of the Month’ multiple times thanks to a positive attitude and trying to make everyone in the workplace feel comfortable.
South County Hospital, Wakefield, RI
Ultrasound Technician, 2012 – 2014
Worked with a dynamic team of radiologists and doctors, produced high quality ultrasound examinations and handled report writings while always keeping the work area clean and organized.
- Discovered an issue with the machinery and was able to fix it before it affected any client or examination.
- Organized a weekly employee reunion to help relieve stress in the workplace.
- Had a perfect attendance record with not a single day missed.
Mary Washington Healthcare, Fredericksburg, VA
Sonographer Intern, 2011 – 2012
Shadowed an ultrasound technician and assisted in performing scans, receiving patients, and organizing paperwork. Used both Doppler, abdominal and vascular ultrasound.
- Was offered a paid position after finishing the internship.
- Patient feedback surveys showed high ratings for good performance and people skills.
- Discovered a way to enhance Siemens S2000 system image quality.
- Never passed on an opportunity to learn and develop new skills, which was recognized by management.
Ultrasound technician education
In the job postings sampled, we saw a variation of educational backgrounds. Some applicants would list Associate’s degrees or Bachelor’s degrees, while others would rely more heavily on certifications.
According to Study.com, the most common sonography education is an Associate’s degree, but there are also Bachelor’s degrees and a 1-year certification program available for diagnostic medical sonographers, which confirms our findings when sampling resumes.
We went on to looking at job posts to see what employers tend to look for, and we found just as much variation there. What most appeared to look for was someone who has participated in an accredited program, who has the correct licenses and who has work experience.
Use this section to list your academic achievements, and especially those related to medicine and working as an accredited ultrasound technician.
Worth noting is that you usually need to have an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree (not necessarily medicine related) to be accepted into a certification program.
Regis College, Weston, MA
Bachelor of Science, 2015 – 2019
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Gateway Community College, Phoenix, AZ
Associate of Applied Science, 2013 – 2015
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The course section is not necessarily relevant when applying for a job as an ultrasound technician, as your academic diagnostic medical sonography is enough to indicate you have taken the required courses.
What you can use this section for is if you are applying for an ultrasound technician job with very specific responsibilities, to highlight your knowledge and experience in a specific field or of specific medical equipment.
In our research, we did not come across many ultrasound technician resumes with a course section, but if you do want to highlight a course you took during your studies, or if you have taken an additional course you believe to be relevant – add it here.
Below are a couple of examples of courses you could add, but it is usually not beneficial on a sonographer resume unless you have taken a course that is not included in a regular study program.
- Musculoskeletal sonography
- Fetal echo, neonatal and pediatric sonography
- Breast sonography
If you opted for a certification program instead of an Associate’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree, the certificate can be listed here, even though we also recommend adding the certification program to your education section.
All ultrasound technicians need certification, which is usually obtained through a study program or a degree. Certification requirements might vary depending on the state you live in, and this is something worth investigating before you apply for a job.
The ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) offers multiple certifications for ultrasound technicians, and you often see ARDMS certifications on ultrasound technician resumes.
Another certification option is through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, which you obtain by taking a test available to anyone who has completed a CAAHEP accredited program.
A third option is to apply to sit for an ARRT exam to obtain your ARRT (American Registry for Radiologic Technologists) certification, and the requirement for this is to have attended an USDE or CHEA accredited school and/or program within the last 5 years.
- ARDMS Certification
- CAAHEP Certification
- ARRT Certification
Complete ultrasound technician resume sample
In this article, we have done extensive research to provide you with the tools to write your own ultrasound technician resume, and now we are going to demonstrate what we have learned with a complete sample resume.
When you apply for a job as an ultrasound technician, it is important to always scan the job post for keywords and requested skills, and adapt your resume to what the company is looking for.
Below you will find a real job post, followed by a tailored sample resume.
As you can see, this company only asks for someone who is a graduate of an accredited ultrasound program, and they do not differentiate between Associate’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees and certification.
They want their new employee to have passed the ARDMS exam and be ARDMS certified, or to be eligible for taking the exam. There is also a long list of work responsibilities which you can use when crafting your skill section and resume objective.
Focused, compassionate and dedicated diagnostic medical sonography professional, with a passion for quality patient care and thorough examination routines. ARDMS and BLS certified, CPR & First-Aid trained and eager to become a hard-working member of a medical team.
Compassionate | Motivated | B.A. in Diagnostic Medical Sonography | ARDMS Certification | BLS Certification | CPR & First-Aid | Color Duplex Ultrasound | ATL HDI 5000 | Background in Psychology | Administrative experience
Wellness Medical Clinic, Westerville, OH
Ultrasound Technician, 2017 – 2020
Ensured the transducer was properly captured during every scan, sterilized the room and work area, maintained patient records and carefully explained the process to each patient.
- Received recognition for always being available for extra shifts and weekend work.
- Came up with a routine that made the patients feel more involved in the process, which reduced anxiety and nervousness.
- Carried out necessary equipment calibration which saved the clinic money and time.
- Was responsible for filing reports and maintaining patient records, and developed a more reliable filing system.
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Sonography Certificate Program, 2016 – 2017
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Bachelor in Psychology, 2012 – 2016
You need a big heart, knowledge and a desire to investigate to be a good ultrasound technician, but you also need an impressive resume to stand out among competitors.
It is a profession that is predicted to grow in popularity, and in demand, so now is the perfect time to start working on your resume.
- Education matters, but it generally does not matter if you got your ultrasound technician certification through an Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree or certification program.
- Use your resume objective and skill section to show both your competence as an ultrasound technician, but also your big heart and motivation to help people.
- It is best to already be certified when applying for a job, and to state this clearly in the certification section, and also in the skill section and resume objective. Make it very clear what certifications you have.
Tips from Experts
“When you are looking for a job, your employer is always going to look to see if you are a registered diagnostic medical sonographer, which means that you sat for your board exam and you are competent in doing ultrasounds.” – Kristy Le, Sonographer
“Basically, they want to know if you work well under pressure. How do you handle stress?” – Jamie Lyn, Sonographer
“I really enjoy the fact that we get to be both detectives and artists. I think that is what makes me really passionate about ultrasound in general. What I mean by that is that we get to play detectives where we are actually looking for pathology, and we get to create images where we can actually display that pathology using ultrasound.” – Ken Marken, Instructor in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
It doesn’t matter if you are looking for an ultrasound technician job right now or if you might be looking further down the line – get your resume in shape so that you are ready when the time comes.
You should always adapt your resume to the ultrasound technician job you are pursuing, but it will save you time and effort to have a basic resume to build upon when it is time to start sending it out.
Take your time with your ultrasound technician resume. A carefully crafted resume is likely to show the hiring manager that you are someone who puts effort into what you do, and a resume says more about you than you think.