Ultrasound Technician

Ultrasound technicians use sonographs to create images for diagnostic testing. The sonograph transmits sound waves through an area of the patient's body and then arranges the echoes into an image. The technician photographs or videos the images to allow physicians to make diagnosis. This diagnostic imaging is mostly used for monitoring the development of a fetus.

Technicians usually work in healthcare facilities. Some travel in several different facilities within an area. Most sonographers work forty hours a week. Unlike other diagnostic testing, ultrasounds are completely safe for both the patient and the technician. Technicians with good physical conditions are preferred as they may be required to lift or maneuver disabled patients.

Hospitals are the primary employer of sonographers. However more and more physician offices and medical labs are hiring technicians.

Key Facts About Ultrasound Technicians:

  • Job growth is expected to increase in this profession by 19% in the next 6 years.
  • Diagnostic medicine is always changing and it is always important to stay current on new procedures and technology.
  • Associate or Bachelor degrees increase potential for employment and advancement.

Salary depends on education, experience, certification, and location. Technicians who are familiar with a variety of specialties such as breast sonography, abdominal sonography, echocardiography, and neurosonography will have more potential for employment. Ultrasound technician careers great chances to earn high pay with medical benefits and strong job security.

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