Entering an Ultrasound Career
October 16, 2013
The best career option for anyone looking for a stable job is to enter the field of healthcare. One such job that is currently hot on the healthcare market is in sonography. Those who specialize in sonograms are called ultrasound technicians or sonographers. Ultrasound technicians are highly skilled individuals that perform diagnostic exams on patients with the aid of an ultrasound machine. With the help of an instrument called a transducer, the sonographer uses sound waves to bounce off targeted organs in order to provide a real time view of a specific organ inside the body. Once the targeted organ has been found, they can take a picture of it for diagnostic purposes.
Ultrasonographers need a good eye for attention to detail as their findings will help doctors diagnose patients better. They need critical thinking skills during emergency situations and must be attentive to provide a comprehensive view of the patient’s body. Another important skill of an ultrasonographer is having strong interpersonal skills. They need to establish rapport quickly as they prepare a patient for the tests. Patients who are ill are often irritable and need to be coaxed into following instructions.
An ultrasound technologist earns a certificate by getting an education in schools accredited by the Commission on Accreditation on Allied Health Programs. The minimum requirement for entering a course is having a high school diploma or a GED certificate. A fast track course will take about a year to complete. Fast track courses are especially helpful for healthcare professionals who want to branch out into another field of healthcare. A two year course will result in an associate’s degree. A four year course in sonography will earn a bachelor’s degree with possible potential for administrative positions.
The more years you build up on your educational background, the higher you salary will be. Salaries for ultrasound technicians will depend on education, training and experience. While there are many opportunities for new graduates, those who have accumulated a year’s worth of experience will have better chances of finding an employer. Most employers prefer someone who has experience as they need little or no supervision while working. On the other hand, new graduates are easier to hire because they are willing to work during the hours where the experienced ultrasonographers would refuse.