Ultrasound Technician

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An ultrasound technician is also called a medical Sonographer. A Sonographer is highly technical position in the medical field, a sonographer is trained in the use of an ultrasound machine and places a traducer at various angles, positions, and areas of the body to produce images of the body.The machine sends a stream of high frequency sound waves into the tissues and forms imagery of the structures inside. The sounds are analyzed by a computer and the images are visualized on a monitor. Physicians use these images to diagnose disease or conditions to help the patient.

The responsibilities of an ultrasound technologist:

• Recording patient history and medical information
• Following a physicians orders and performing the diagnostic procedures
• Analyzing highly technical information
• Using critical thinking to assess and perform diagnostic images
• Define an oral or written summary of the diagnostic findings
• Assist patients with care during the procedure
• Collaboration with other healthcare professionals.

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Average Hours/Working Schedule

Ultrasound can have flexible schedules. As a healthcare professional there are a variety of environments that you can work in that fits your lifestyle. Some people decide to work in a clinic with set hours and set schedules. Others find clinics to be too much of a routine so they find the hospital setting more enjoyable. Hospitals are fast pace with inpatients and outpatients. Clinics tend to have more of the set schedules from 8-5. However, many clinics have a variety of part -time and full-time employees. This makes it nice if you have a family that you need to plan your schedule around. The hospital setting can have set hours like a clinic, but they tend to have more people on call and working night shifts. This is great for single people that like the variety of different shifts. Again that is the benefit of being a Sonographer and choosing the schedule that fits your personal lifestyle.

Working location(s)

The working locations can either be at a clinic with just one doctor and a slower pace or at a hospital with a ton of doctors and at a faster pace.

Salary/Wage Potential

The salary in Illinois for an ultrasound tech is about $57,000. The Highest it can go is up to $63,000.


Education Needed

Sonography tech programs can be found at community colleges and at some universities. Formal education is necessary for this highly specialized field, and most employers prefer an ultrasound tech to possess a state certification. Although one year certificate programs are available, the most common degree ultrasound technicians obtain is from an associate’s degree program. Bachelor programs are also available in ultrasound technology, and can be found in many universities throughout the country. The course of study typically includes:

• Human anatomy
• Medical terminology
• Interpretation of sonographic images
• Ultrasound equipment and troubleshooting
• Pregnancy and obstetrics
• Disease and pathophysiology
• Computer technology
• Diagnostics and imaging

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Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Job Outlook/Growth

There is no growth in this occupation.