Ultrasound Technician FAQ

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The below questions are for people interested in becoming an ultrasound technician as a career path, and want to find out more information to decide if it’s the right choice for them.

How long does it take to qualify to become an ultrasound technician?

The time that it takes to qualify as an ultrasound technician is relatively short compared to other medical careers. There are some courses that are as short as 1-2 years, with the Bachelor’s Degree program being a 4 year course.

The shorter courses are followed by a period of internship, but you could be earning a full time wage in as little as 2 years depending on previous experience and prerequisites.

How much does an ultrasound technician earn?

The average wage for a sonographer currently is around $63,000 a year. This can vary wildly depending on where in the county you are located and how experienced the sonographer is. An ultrasound technicians salary can increase to $90,000 in some cases.

The amount per hour a technician can earn fluctuates depending on circumstances, as it is not unusual for a technician to be on call or called in at short notice these situations do pay at a higher rate.

What is the job outlook like for sonographers given the current economic climate?

Everyone knows that medical careers are great opportunities; becoming an ultrasound technician is no different in this regard in fact even comparatively it offers exceptional potential. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that diagnostic medical sonography offers a “highly favorable” outlook of 44% growth in jobs between the years 2010 and 2020. As 20% growth is deemed to be favorable, it shows sonography to be one of the fastest growing sectors of any industry in the US.

What is an average day for an ultrasound sonographer?

Sonographers have days with varied duties, they are involved with the scanning of patients, making decisions on any abnormalities that may be discovered during these scans and giving their opinion on these to the physician. Technicians are also involved in maintenance of the ultrasound machine, alongside the write up of patient reports for physicians and upkeep of patient records. It is also common for sonographers to be involved in image archiving and some even take on managerial responsibilities.

What preparation can I do now, to help me study ultrasonography later?

Some of the most useful subjects to study prior to medical sonography are biology, physics and math. All of these are used on a daily basis as an ultrasound technician and you will find the learning curve a lot smoother if you have a strong background here.

What should I look for when researching ultrasound technician schools?

The choice of schools covering the topic of medical ultrasonography is massive and growing rapidly. This is partly down to the growing popularity and potential for the career, it can however make it difficult to choose which one is the best ultrasound technician school for you. This choice is largely subjective, everyone will have different opinions and needs so the best school will differ between people.

The most important aspect to look for though, is that both the course and school are accredited. While it is possible to qualify as a sonographer on an unaccredited course, the job opportunities and pay grades are much better for accredited students. As such although though these courses often cost more than their unaccredited counterparts, it is money well spent.

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