Here is a question that I will try my best to answer “ I want to become ultrasound technician but I don’t even know a single detail about the profession I want to pursue, all I know is that it promises a job which is stable and the salary is high. What are the things I should know about the career?”
There is so much information that you should know about the profession in ultrasound technician. Since you don’t know single information about the profession, let me educate you in the basic ones such as the job description and the nature of work of sonographers.
Ultrasound technicians are also called sonographers and they work hand in hand with the physician to diagnose a disease. Doing the initial and partial diagnosis is their main responsibility and this can be done by producing clear images of the body parts, organs and veins of the patients. The sonographer positions the patient in a way that he is able to capture the image of the organ he needs for the proper diagnosis of the disease.
Now, to answer the question, definitely five tips will be enough information to let you decide on what career to pursue.
Tip number 1. Decide whether what program to choose among the three degree programs such as the; one year or less than a year, associate degree program for two years and bachelor degree for four years. Some important information with this is that if you choose the program which is completed only for a year, you need to think it over again. Why? One year is not enough to cover all the skills and knowledge you need to know to become a competitive ultrasound technician. Sometimes, schools offering this program have no accreditation. This is only good for those medical professionals who are already in the allied health industry and only wish to extend their knowledge on sonography. The two year associate degree course is more promising career than the first one and also the four year bachelor degree. Students who don’t want to complete the bachelor degree opt for the associate degree program. Both categories will offer a stable job and high salary after graduation.
Tip number 2. Ultrasound sonography has different sub specialties and not only concentrated with obstetrics and gynecological sonography. Other sub-fields are abdominal sonography, vascular ultrasound, echocardiography, neurosonography and ophthalmologic sonography. Specific information will be discussed at school when you enroll in the programs of the ultrasound sonography. It is wiser to think over what sub-specialty you will concentrate in achieving your career as ultrasound technician.
Tip number 3. Accreditation serve as the license of the training institution to offer courses. Accredited schools for ultrasound sonography should be chosen so that you are sure that you are not wasting your time in a school which will not guarantee you to have a sound career after graduation. Take cautions especially for illegitimate or scam online programs because they primarily offer programs that are not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Tip number 4. Assessment of financial status is vital to know if you can afford to study in a private school or just opt for public school if financially incapable. Private schools offer more costly education while public schools are more cost-effective since the government is financially supporting these schools.
Tip number 5. Go for a career that will pay off your efforts at school. If you are able to finish the four year bachelor degree course, good for you because a stable and high paying job is waiting for you after graduation. As a matter of fact in 2008 alone, there were about 50,800 jobs for ultrasound technician. The annual income for sonographers in 2002 is $50,390 (doctor’s clinic) and $47,530 (hospitals).
Choosing which career to pursue is difficult and you need to think twice before enrolling which course you want. Furthermore, think of the hundred possibilities that you could have when you pursue a career to become ultrasound electrician.