Career Details

Ultrasound Technologist - Shanna

Career Overview

An ultrasound technologist performs ultrasounds in order to look for problems in various organs in the body.

Education

Completing a two-year college program or certificate in diagnostic medical sonography may be required to obtain this position. A four-year bachelor’s degree in this field will make an applicant more competitive. Shanna, the ultrasound technologist featured in the video actually recommends that someone interested in this field should consider going to x-ray tech school first, to make themselves even more marketable.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$30,000 /yr
$60,000 /yr
$92,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks very good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Opportunities will be the best for those who are certified in several specialties.

Work Environment

Ultrasound technologists typically work in hospitals, doctor's offices, and diagnostic laboratories.

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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