Ultrasound Specialist I (#RH5151)
$33.84-$41.13 Hourly / $5,864.99-$7,128.94 Monthly / $70,379.99-$85,547.32 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs a variety of ultrasound imaging procedures for use in medical obstetrical and surgical diagnosis and treatment; may perform radiologic and mammography procedures, if licensed; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


The Ultrasound Specialist I is the entry level in the Ultrasound series. Incumbents have either completed an ultrasound training program or have basic training and work experience in ultrasound procedures. At this level, the incumbent performs lower level diagnostic exams, which involves the use of special techniques and/or imaging equipment.


  • Obtains images of internal organs with ultrasound techniques as an aid to differentiation of cysts, abscesses and other pathological conditions. 
  • Selects the appropriate operating mode for the specific ultrasonic examinations of cardiac motions, recognizes abnormal conditions, and adjusts recording techniques to obtain appropriate display. 
  • Measures biparietal diameter; tests and records fetal heartbeat; conduct examinations of pregnant patients to determine placenta location, fetal position, multiple gestation, and abnormalities. 
  • Conducts fetal echocardiograms; checks the patient’s history to anticipate the effects of previous surgery, childbirth and other conditions which could affect the ultrasonic image of internal organs. 
  • Prepares and positions patients for display of area to studied; posts results.


Education: Graduation from an approved ultrasound/vascular technology education program. 

Education: Graduation from a two-year allied health education program that is patient-care related. 

Experience: One year of full-time clinical ultrasound/vascular experience. AND Certification: Certification as a Radiologic Technologist and/or Certification in Mammography by the Department of Health, State of California may be required.


The theory and techniques of ultrasound; operation and care of ultrasound equipment; methods of positioning patients for ultrasound procedures, physical and organic anatomy; operation of transducers and camera.


Position requires sitting, standing, manual dexterity, bending or stooping and lifting of patients; position patients for a variety of imaging examinations; must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form; work independently and carry out ultrasound techniques; operate a variety of standard equipment.


Mobility-Frequent operation of a keyboard; standing for long periods of time; walking, pushing/pulling, and operation of heavy equipment; occasional sitting for long periods of time and stair climbing; Lifting-Constant lifting of 5 lbs. or less; frequent restraining, lifting/turning heavy objects or people; occasional lifting of 5 to above 70 lbs.; Visual-Constant need for overall vision, hand/eye coordination and reading/close up work; frequent need for color perception, depth perception and field vision; Dexterity-Constant holding, reaching and grasping; frequent writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing of normal speech and talking in person; frequent hearing on the telephone/radio and talking on the radio; occasional hearing of faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Constant public contact, decision making, concentration and working alone; frequent exposure to hazardous materials, trauma, grief and death; occasional weekend/night work and overtime/travel; Environmental Conditions-Occasional exposure to hazardous materials.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH5151; EST: 12/14/1994; REV: 6/11/2003;