Ultrasound Technician

Yoana Cortez Period 1

Career Details: working schedule, duties, salary

Ultrasound Technicians use sound waves to capture images of the internal organs and tissues for the treatment of medical problems. Using special equipment to take readings of the appropriate areas. Most ultrasound technicians work in hospitals, physician's office, or diagnostic imaging centers. Most work full time, but don't have a set schedule because they might have to come in in the weekends, holidays and in case of an emergency. In 2010, the median pay was $30.95 per hour, making around $64,380 per year.

Education Needed

Most colleges offer both associate's and bachelor's degree programs for sonography. Also there is a chance for you to get a professional certificate, which can help you start off. Most employers prefer for you to have some sort of experience before working for them.

Job Outlook

This career is expected to grow very fast throughout the years. From the years 2010- 2020 this career is going to grow around 44%. As technology grows, the machines will upgrade, making the job have many changes.

Skills Required

A very important skill that will be needed in order to become an ultrasound technician will be your speaking skills. Your speaking skills are important because you will need to communicate with your patients and make them feel comfortable. Will also have to have a little background on computers and electronics, in order to use the machine. An important thing to have is time management, keep in mind that you will have more than one patient throughout the day and have to keep things at a fast pace.

Advancement Opportunities

Some other occupations similar to this one are medical and clinical laboratory technologists, nuclear medicine technologists, and radio logic technologists. These occupations also just require an associate's degree. Some colleges that offer these programs are College of Du Page, Lewis University, and Triton College.