This article will discuss why becoming a sonogram technician is so lucrative. If you are interested in the medical care field, then check out this article. We will review the following: 1) Why sonography is the best field for a healthy salary; 2) Why the working conditions are the most desirable, and 3) The factors that will influence the salary you can make.
By the time you have finished this article you will know whether becoming a sonogram technician is the right choice for you, and what your next step should be
Why Sonography Is the Best Field:
Sonography is the science of high frequency sound, directed into the human body to create a moving picture of the organs, tissues and other structures inside as they are functioning. It's safer than X-ray technology because it doesn't use ionizing radiation, which can be hazardous if used incorrectly. Even though an MRI or CAT scan also avoids radiation, sonography is much less expensive and therefore much more highly in demand.
Why Sonography is Flexible:
Employers are looking for qualified sonogram technicians because of the high demand for this technology. Consequently they are much more willing to be flexible as to hours, benefits, or full or part time hours than would ordinarily be the case in other, less popular fields.
Nationally, the average salary for a sonogram technician is about $65,000 per year. Of course, this can vary quite a bit depending on a number of factors.
First of all, if you are located in an urban area, as opposed to a rural location, salaries will be higher. Second, you are more likely to rate a high salary after at least one year of experience as a sonogram technician. The more experience you acquire, the higher your salary will go. Finally, your salary can be much higher if you have credentials in one of the sonography specialties, such as:
Obstetrics/gynecology: Pictures of the female reproductive system.
Neurosonography: The brain and nervous system.
Cardio: Pictures of the heart and circulatory system.
Vascular: The blood vessels and surrounding structures.
To become a sonogram technician requires at least a two year associates degree in an accredited school, and for further certification in a specialty, you may need a four year bachelors degree.