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What is a Sonographer or Ultrasound Technician?

Updated on October 29, 2014

What is a Sonographer or Ultrasound Technician?



An sonographer or ultrasound technician drives imaging equipment such

as sonographer and ultrasound diagnostic machines to take

images or pictures, document, and verify digital images of patient's

tissues, internal organs, and blood flow, so that doctors can

diagnose successfully and correctly, their patients. This profession is

one of the most sought after and in demand and also very popular careers

right now. It is a very rewarding career professionally

and financially that promises more job opportunities and

advancement in the coming years.


Where are Sonographers and Ultrasound Technicians needed?


Many health-career fields depend heavily upon

ultrasound equipment, like:

  • obstetrics
  • gynecology
  • and neurology,
  • cardiology
  • and many others.

Sonographers or Ultrasound technicians operate

sonographer equipment to take pictures of the patient's

internal organs, they review the images and determine

whether the scans are enough for a physician to make

a judgment. They also measure and quantify values and

evaluate their findings to make a report.



How to become certified as a Sonographer or Ultrasound Technician


To become a Sonographer or Ultrasound technician, you will need a high school diploma or equivalent. There are three options that a student can take:

  • Four-year program: Formal education in ultrasound technician that leads to a bachelor's degree
  • Two-year program: fast-track option leading to an associate's degree and also the most prevalent amongst employed sonographers today.
  • One-year program: another fast-track option that is beneficial to career shifters who already work in the healthcare industry seeking better options as ultrasound technologist.

Ultrasound technicians, have no licensing requirements however they will have to pass a registration exam conducted by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in order to become a certified ultrasound technician or Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)


How Much does a Sonographer or Ultrasound Technician make?


Sonographers or Ultrasound technicians make in the U.S.

approximately $64,000 per year and an average hourly wage

is about $31.20 per hour. With the highest Ultrasound

technician making approximately $88,490 and lowest receiving

less than $44,900 per year. The annual salaries will increase

with more experience and completing a degree program

from an accredited school or univerisity.



This is an excellent career choice with lots of opportunities for advancement. Becoming a Sonographer or Ultrasound Technician is a great opportunity and in many medical health career fields. The choices are unlimited.

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed day.

ButterflyStar

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