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Job Prospects for Ultrasound Technicians

Updated on March 14, 2013

Different Aspects of an Ultrasound Technician's Profession

If you are seeking a medical field career that can put you in employment with just a year of training, then you need to pursue the profession of an ultrasound technician. A number of accredited universities and colleges offer training classes in sonography. You would find about the career that it is nothing less than an investment if you pursue a certificate or degree in sonography. The following paragraphs will take you through three aspects of the profession – description, training and salary.

Description

The instrument used by an ultrasound technician is known as transducer. The instrument transmits high-frequency sound waves and captures images of specific body parts. The equipment is used by ultrasound technicians in order to diagnose a number of problems associated with:

· Organs

· Digestive system

· Nervous system

· Tumors

· Blood vessels

· Tissues

· Eyes

Ultrasound technology offers a non-invasive and safe method of capturing internal body images without the use of X-rays or radiographic technology. This factor has led to the significant growth in demand for qualified professionals.

Training and Schooling

The first priority while choosing a training school is to find an accredited school or university. In addition, it is also required to update your skills in future because the technology keeps progressing. An ultrasound technician needs to have a strong foundation in science and mathematics.

The simplest qualification you would require to have in order to become an ultrasound technician is to have a certificate. The minimum training required to have a certificate is one year. Moving higher up the qualification ladder, you can earn an associate degree in ultrasound technology in 2 years time. And, for a bachelor’s degree you would have to pursue the program for full 4 years. The higher the education that you would pursue, the more the amount of salary you can expect to earn.

Salary of an Ultrasound Technician

The average annual salary of an ultrasound technician is based upon a number of factors:

· Qualification

· Training

· Flexibility to relocate

· Location

· Employing organization

· License

Based upon your location, the economy of the place has a strong bearing on your salary. Similarly, working in a large organization like a hospital can help you earn more than working in a physician’s office or clinic. You can expect to start with an annual salary starting $40,000 to $50,000, and with experience and a license you can expect to reach a salary as high as $78,000.

Pursuing a career as an ultrasound technician is always going to be rewarding, keeping in view the fact you can start earning with a short period of completing your education and that it is a much safer alternative compared to other imaging technologies.

Anand Nair is an avid writer on a wide range of topics, having worked in 3 dailies. Contact him for creating grasping and factual articles like these.

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