UltraSOund Technician

Job Description: Sonographers use imaging equipment that non-invasely emits sound waves directed towards internal organs, blood vessels, and tissues. The description for ultrasound technician entails using this specialized technology but can also include interpreting these images and assisting the rest of health care. Ultrasound duties vary across from specialities from monitoring the development of fetus to evaluating the passage of blood throughout a patient's vascular system.

Skill Sets: 1) good hand-eye coordination, 2) able to stand on your feet for long periods, 3) good social skills, 4) good verbal skills.

Salary: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a median income of $65,210 for ultrasound technicians, or sonographers, in its May 2011 Occupational Employment Statistics. Sonographers at the 25th percentile earned up to $53,830 per year, while those at the 75th percentile reported earnings of $76,060 and higher.

Training to become an ultrasound technician may be done through a formal education program or through military training. The most common training is an associate's degree program, although there are bachelor's degree and 1-year certificate programs available. In addition, students must complete clinical education at designated hospitals. Clinical education is a requirement of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) for anyone wishing to take the registration examination for certification.

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