Secure your future – start a career as an Ultrasound Technician! Healthcare professionals are in high demand and schools specializing in training for Ultrasound Technicians (also known as diagnostic Medical Sonographers) offer graduates the opportunity to start an exciting and rewarding career. According to the Bureau of Labor, employment for Ultrasound Technicians is expected to grow much faster than average through the year 2014.
Ultrasound is the practice of using sound waves to develop an image of areas within a patient’s body. Ultrasound procedures are considered much safer than alternative methods (such as X-rays and MRIs). Ultrasound Technicians work with patients and use ultrasound equipment to obtain diagnostic images.
Specialized training for Ultrasound Technicians is offered by technical schools, colleges and universities. Ultrasound Technician programs offer basic certificates, two-year Associate degrees and/or four-year Bachelor degrees. Courses at ultrasound schools generally provide a background in anatomy, physiology, instrumentation, physics, patient care, and medical ethics. Clinical work includes an exposure to using ultrasound equipment in one or more different ultrasound specialties. Completing a training program at an ultrasound school and obtaining certification from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers will provide an advantage in seeking the best jobs.
Hospitals employ the vast majority of Ultrasound Technicians, but a growing number of Ultrasound Technicians will work in other settings such as physician’s offices, medical and diagnostic laboratories and diagnostic imaging centers. As the population grows and ages, the demand for diagnostic imaging and Medical Sonographers will increase significantly.
Training and certification as an Ultrasound Technician can provide you with a path to greater job security, responsibility and financial reward.