Ultrasound Specialist III (#RH5153)
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$43.18-$52.49 Hourly / $7,484.78-$9,097.79 Monthly / $89,817.37-$109,173.58 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs the more complex ultrasound imaging procedures, may serve as lead worker over ultrasound technologists and students; may perform radiologic or mammography procedures, if licensed: and does related other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


The Ultrasound Specialist III is an advanced journey level, which performs some of the same work as lower-level technologists as well as more complex procedures involving the use of special techniques and/or equipment. At this level, incumbents are experienced in two specialized modalities. The Ultrasound Specialist III applies advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and disease processes related to two areas of specialization.


  • 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 position patients for display of area to studied; posts results.
  • Demonstrates ultrasound techniques to radiologic technology and/or ultrasound students; monitors students’ performance of procedures correcting faulty techniques and explaining appropriate methods; documents students progress and maintains appropriate records.
  • Performs all exams that are commensurate with the level of certification such as more complex ultrasound procedures and/or mammographic exams and related QC duties.
  • May perform radiologic or mammography procedures, if licensed.


Experience: Three years of full-time paid work experience performing ultrasound examinations in a physician's office, clinic or hospital, which included one year of experience equivalent to an Ultrasound Specialist II in San Joaquin County. 

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

Experience: Two years of experience including one year of experience equivalent to an Ultrasound Specialist II in San Joaquin County. 

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

Experience: Three years of full time clinical ultrasound/vascular experience including one year of experience equivalent to an Ultrasound Specialist II in San Joaquin County. 

Special Requirement: Must demonstrate competence to perform at least two ultrasound modalities such as abdominal, cardiovascular, vascular, obstetrical/gynecological ultrasound procedures. 

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 and complex 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: RH5153; EST: 7/11/2001; REV: 6/11/2003;