We are all affected by today’s unpredictable economy. This fact makes it a bit difficult for someone to determine what career path to choose or to even change your existing career path. So, we are now forced to research longer and deeper than we would have before in order to make the best decision when deciding on what we want to do with our life. There are a few important facts when considering a career path or change which include work environment, salary, and the predicted future of the chosen field.
When considering sonography, you must first decide which modality would be the best “fit” for you. Let us take a look at two of the modalities. For example: Cardiovascular (Echocardiography) and Vascular Sonography.
Cardiovascular, sometimes referred to as “Echocardiography,” is where the technician uses diagnostic imaging to assist the physicians in the diagnoses of cardiac (heart) ailments in patients.
Vascular sonography is where the technician uses diagnostic imaging to assist the physicians in the diagnoses of peripheral (blood vessel) vascular ailments in patients such as blood clots.
The work environment for both Cardiovascular and Vascular sonographers are similar. These technicians usually work in a healthcare facility such as a hospital, clinic, and/or a physician’s office. Now, another possibility is to work for a “mobile” service where the sonographer is employed by the “mobile” company that is contracted by a physician (physician’s office) who schedules regular patient appointments on a certain day(s) during the month, for example.
As of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average starting salary for cardiovascular and vascular technicians is around $49,410.00 per year. This equates to about $23.75/hour. The job outlook over the next ten years in this field is expected to increase approximately 29%, which is much faster than the average. Basically, the increase is due to the evolution of technology allowing medical facilities to replace more invasive procedures with less costly ones.
Even though hosptials are the primary employers of cardiovascular and vascular technicians, it is predicted that employment will grow more rapidly in physicians’ offices as well as in diagnostic laboratories due to the shift toward outpatient care whenever possible.