Ultrasound Technician

By: Jordan Dycus 3rd hour

Overview

A ultrasound technician works inside hospitals, doctor's office, Ect. Ultrasound technicians work about 40 hours a week. Ultrasound technicians mainly look at the fetuses, X-ray's and scan pictures of the fetus. They don't only look at fetuses but they also look at other parts of the body. They diagnose different dieases and illnesses to. Ultrasound technicians may specialize in obstetric and gynecologic sonography, abdominal sonography, neurosonography, breast sonography, vascular sonography or cardiac sonography. Maybe in the future when your deciding what you wanna do for your career this could be a career on your list!

Cost of education:

Tuition for NWTC: 124,000 per year

Books: $500 - $1000

Tuition: $125,000 per year

For 2 year: $250,000


Food: 350 per month

Gas: 400 per month

$750 a month, 2 years: 18,000


Cost for everything all together: $268,000


If I have a part time job and my parents would help me out with the cost till it's paid off I should be able to pay off most of my college funds but it is possible for me to need financial help or a loan.




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Things you need to succeed

High school courses: Anatomy and physiology, introduction to health science and medical technology.
Degrees and Majors: Allied health diagnostic , Intervention, treatment professionals, ultrasound sonography, and technology. Bachelor's and Associates degree.


Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • College I choose is close to home
  • Most times this is a helpful career to many patients
  • Get to give lots of good news


Cons:

  • May have to give bad news sometime Example: (If baby has a disorder or isn't developing right)
  • Not just scanning fetuses but scanning almost the entire body. Example: ( Blood vessels, heart, Ect.)
  • May get calls on days off
  • Sometimes things happen like getting puked on or peed on
  • Clients aren't always satisfied with the results


Salary and hours:

An ultrasound technician works inside a hospital and/or a doctor's office some examples are Bellin Health, and Prevea. Ultrasound technicians usually work about 40 hours a week and make around $56,790 to $94,240 a year in Wisconsin. In the U.S this career usually earns about $44,990 to $91,070 a year.


Pursuing this job in the future

I might look forward to being in this career in my future because I would love to work with different patients helping them out with different stuff and meeting new people. This also sounds like an interesting job that I might enjoy. Not a lot of years in college and a good paying job. I could possibly change my mind about this job too for different reasons such as interested in another career, wouldn't wanna get called in on days off, not comfortable with looking at some parts of the body.


Is this a career for you?

Do you like to help people out? Meet new people? Are you able to work with different technology? Are you an organized person?


If you answered yes to all of these questions then an Ultrasound technician is a job for you!