You’ll work alongside other medical professionals to investigate and diagnose medical conditions and appropriate treatments. Depending on the degree you study, diagnostic imaging careers include roles such as a:
- medical sonographer (or ultrasonographer),
- echocardiographer (or cardiac sonographer), or
Your career will lead you to employment opportunities in public and private health facilities, working with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Playing a pivotal role in medical diagnosis means this profession is highly sought-after and comes with stable employment outcomes. Labour Market Insights (2022) is projecting strong employment growth, of 14.7%, or 2,300 more jobs by 2026.
Skills and traits
With a career in diagnostic imaging, you’ll have strong technical expertise, as well as communication and interpersonal skills that help you work with patients from varied backgrounds and make informed recommendations to physicians. Your emotional intelligence sees you provide compassionate care and support to patients.
- Strong communication skills
- Technical expertise
- Attention to detail
- Critical thinking to analyse images and report on findings
- Empathetic and compassionate
- Physical dexterity
- Excellent hand eye coordination
- Adaptability with advancements in imaging technology
Diagnostic imaging degrees
Explore CQU’s degrees in medical sonography, echocardiography and medical imaging.
Your training will be delivered in state-of-the-art, purpose-built imaging facilities and you will complete extensive work placements. Each course prepares you with relevant technical skills and knowledge, so that you graduate work ready.
CV69 - Bachelor of Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography
This course prepares you to practise as an echocardiographic. You may find employment opportunities in organisations like public and private hospitals or community health care services.
CG92 - Bachelor of Medical Imaging
Pursue a career as a diagnostic radiographer. You may work in organisations like public and private hospitals, clinics and community health care services.
CG91 - Bachelor of Medical Sonography/Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography
Get qualified as a Sonographer or Ultrasonographer and enjoy work opportunities in public and private hospitals, clinics and community health care services.
I would love to work in a hospital or practice as a cardiac sonographer – I love the patient interaction. And hopefully someday, when I have enough experience, I would love to open up my own practice.
Bachelor of Echocardiography (Cardiac Physiology) / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography
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