Sonographer: 2nd Best Paying Job in the Future

Diagnostic Medical SonographyGreat News for Sonography!

24/7 Wall St just released a report that reviews and ranks the 10 Best paying jobs of the Future. 

Sonography made #2 on the list. 

They reviewed many criteria, including growth, salary and requirments for the jobs.  As expected jobs in the medical field topped the list.  The most interested part of the medical jobs was the following:

“Because most of these positions are in the medical field, many require at least a master’s degree, and in many cases a doctoral degree. However, four have less demanding educational requirements, including the three that are growing the most. A career as a sonographer, projected to grow 43.5% with a median salary of $64,380, typically just requires an associate’s degree”Sonography includes many different specialities under the heading of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.  Some of them include Echocardiography (Cardiac Ultrasound), Vascular Sonography, Abdominal Sonography, OB/GYN Sonography, and others.
 
Here is the excerpt of their review on Sonography: 

2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
> Pct. increase:
43.5%
> Total new jobs (2010-2020): 23,400
> Median income: $64,380
> States with the most jobs per capita: Rhode Island, Florida, South Dakota

Diagnostic medical sonographers work in hospitals and other facilities, conducting ultrasounds on patients and analyzing the resulting images. The BLS projects an increase of 43.5% in the number of positions between 2010 and 2020, which would raise the total number of such jobs to 77,100. Explaining the driving factors behind the growth, the BLS states that “as ultrasound technology evolves, it will be used as a substitute for procedures that are costly, invasive or expose patients to radiation.” Sonographers typically need an associate’s degree, and many employers prefer candidates to have professional certification. The top 10% of sonographers made more than $88,490 annually.

Read more: The Best Paying Jobs of the Future – 24/7 Wall St. http://247wallst.com/2012/08/30/the-best-paying-jobs-of-the-future-2/#ixzz28zjtSZpL

 
As this report points out Sonography remains as one of the top fields to pursue.  Especially given that it can be accomplished with under 2 years of higher education.  The salary ranges reported are still in the higher level of jobs with and associate degree or less. 
 
If you are thinking about Sonography, check out The Academy of Ultrasound, LLC.  They offer their Sonography programs in 18 months including passing the national registry.  Which by the way, is generally a requirement for immediate employment.
 
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Cardiovascular (Echocardiography) and Vascular Sonographers: Updated salary and job information as of 2010 data

Cardiovascular exam

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.

Patient comfort is important during exam.

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.

In summary, it will also be important to make yourself as “marketable” as possible.
In order to ensure your marketability as a potential employee, it makes sense to be as prepared as possible.  In the world of diagnostic medical imaging, this includes – not limited to- being registered in more than one ultrasound modality.  For example, it is becoming more and more familiar to hear that an employer is looking for a “dual” registered candidate.  This may mean holding dual registries such ash General and Vascular, or Echocardiography/Cardiovascular and Vascular, etc.  Some employers will interview a registered candidate witht the requirement being that the person will sit for the other registry within  six months to one year.  This scenario is becoming more and more common.
With the predicted employment of 63,900 technicians by the year 2020 as Cardiovascular and Vascular technicians, it is imperative to be ready.
Contact us at (866) 867-2824 for information on our next online “cross-over” course in Cardiovascular/Echocardiography and Vascular ultrasound.  Our courses begin on the 1st of each month.

Echocardiography, Vascular, and General/Vascular Cross-training: Become dual-certified as a Sonographer

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Sonography/Ultrasound Cross-Training 
Training for an additional ultrasound modality can only make you more valuable as a Sonographer.  In today’s completitive job-market, it is not always enough to be certified in one ultrasound specialty. By becoming dual-certified, you are not only adding to your value as a technician; but also the quality of care you offer to your patients.   In most cases, being a dual-registered ultrasound technician can lead to an increase in pay.

 


 

Echocardiography, Vascular, and General/Vascular
The additional modalities of ultrasound training are: Echocardiography, Vascualr, and General/Vascular sonography.  If you are already registered in one modality, you qualify for the shorter-term crossover program at the Academy of Ultrasound.  With the increased popularity of this program, we have added additional spots to online course.  So, contact us – NOW- to reserve your space.  You may be eligible for the special discount being offered.

Contact the Academy of Ultrasound to reserve your spot before availability is closed.  You can email: info@academyofultrasound.com or call PH# 1-866-867-2824

Sonographer salary update

It is no secret that the demand for employment in the allied health field has increased over the past few years and it is predicted that the increase will continue through, at least, 2016. This is great news for Ultrasound sonographers whether your modality is Echocardiography/Cardiac, Vascular, or General ultrasound.

Starting salaries will vary depending on location, environment, and training or skill level of potential employee. However, it has been reported, as recently as last month, that the salary for an ultrasound technician can be as high as $65,000.00 per year after only one year of experience; the hourly wage can be between $15.00 – $23.00. Naturally, to earn this salary, you must be registered. Hence, the more training received, the more marketable you are. So, if you have the opportunity to receive cross-training into an additional specialy while in school or practicing, go for it!!!

There are a few training options if considering ultrasound as a career. Training can be obtained by attending a traditional “brick-and-mortar” institution OR, now, you can enjoy the convenience of not having to deal with traffic or fight for a parking space. In addition, you can hold a fulltime job while completing training.

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Ultrasound Specialties and Modalities (part 3 of 3)

Welcome back to the last post in the series of 3 regarding the areas of specialization in ultrasound.

We first looked at General Ultrasound; then, Echocardiography (Echo).  Now, we will discuss Vascular ultrasound.

Vascular technology, according to John Hopkins Hospital, is used to diagnose and examine disorders affecting the circulation of blood flow in the arteries and veins of the human body.  Some of these conditions are:  venous thrombosis, renal artery disease, aneurysms and peripheral arterial disease.  Non-invasive procedures use ultrasound technology, as in transcranial Doppler or duplex ultrasonography scans in order to look inside the body.

VASCULAR TECHNOLOGIST

A vascular technologist assesses blood flow and irregularities or abnormalities by carefully listening to the sound of pulses and overall vascular flow.  This is done by performing tests that measure blood flow, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, cerebral circulation, peripheral circulation, and abdominal circulation.  It is, also, the technologist’s responsibility to prepare patients for testing, complete general technical work, and conduct stress tests, usually, in a cardiovascular environment.  Although the vascular technician has numerous duties, the primary one is to operate the machines for scans as described above.  These sonographic studies rely heavily on the technician’s skills and diagnostic capabilities to capture proper images needed to examine possible disorders or other diseases.  This information is passed on to the physician who will ultimately determine diagnosis based on the results of the scan.

The types of working environments for the vascular technician include hospitals, clinicas, and private practices.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of these technicians is expected to increase over 26% from now through 2016.  This is mainly due to the increase in public awareness of cardiovascular disease and the continued progress in medical technology.  As a result, non-invasive procedures becoming more popular.

REGISTRATIONS:

CCI offers:  RVS (Registered Vascular Specialist

ARDMS offers:  RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist

(Please view our previous posts such as “The Truth: Accredited v. Non-accredited” )

www.academyofultrasound.com  For information regarding online ultrasound program, email: info@academyofultrasound.com

Ultrasound Specialties and Modalities (part 2 in series of 3 posts)

As promised in previous post, this is the SECOND in the series of THREE posts regarding ultrasound specialites and modalities. The first area discussed was General Ultrasound which requires sonographer to produce images ranging from small body organs located in abdominal cavity (liver, kidneys, pancreas, etc.) to OB/GYN related images of breast and reproductive system. The next area of specialization pertains to the heart and is called Echocardography.

Echocardiography pertains to the assessment of the structure and function of the heart and its blood vessels via specialized ultrasound equipment. An Echo provides information necessary to rate the efficiency of blood flow throught the cardiovascular system. It is a know fact that Echocardiography is replacing older radiological studies due to being safer, more accurate and more cost-effective. Echocardiography is also referred to as “Cardiac Sonography.” Both terms are correct. The biggest advantage to echocardiography is that it is noninvasive; meaning, there is no breaking of the skin or entering the body. Also, there are no know risks or side effects associated with this procedure.

So, what does the Echocardiographer do? The Echo Tech, or Cardiac Sonographer, performs the imaging procedures on the patient. The technicians produce images with the use of Doppler signals and spectral tracings of the heart. Not only does the technician work closely with the patient, but also with physicians to conclude accurate diagnoses.

The different types of Echocardiograms are:

  1. Transthoracic echocardiogram – (TTE) is a standard echocardiogram. The transducer is placed on patient’s chest where images are taken through the chest wall. This produces an efficient assessment of the overall health of the heart. This is a NON-invasive procedure.
  2. Transesophageal echocardiogram – (TEE) is an alternate process of performing an echocardiogram. This procedure involves use of a specialized probe that posseses an ultrasound transducer at its tip. The probe is passed into the patient’s esophagus which allows imaging and Doppler evaluation.
  3. 3-dimensional echocardiography – is now available. This procedure uses an array of transducers which enables specific and detailed anatomical assessment of cardiac pathology; especially, valvular defects and cardiomyopathies.
TEE - how it is performed

Career opportunities for cardiac sonographers are expected to grow faster than average through the year 2010 with total growth estimated at 26% by the year 2016. Growth is largely due to the increase in the aging population and the fact that the elderly have a higher incidence of cardiovascular diseases.

Licensing and Certification is available through two agencies: American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

ARDMS offers credentials in :

1) Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)

2) Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)

CCI offers credentials in:

1) Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT),

2) Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS), and

3) Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS), and

4) Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)

For some people, the thought of going back to school OR pursuing additional education is just NOT convenient for their busy schedules. Now, it is conveniently offered online where the student may access at THEIR leisure to complete ALL didactic work. Also, at the Academy of Ultrasound, “hands-on” scan labs are available without having to travel. So, unlike inconvenient methods of seeking career training at a “brick-and-mortar” style institution, students are able to access courses when THEIR schedule allows without the headaches of traveling through traffic, fighting for a parking spot, and feeling the affects – in the purse – of higher gas prices!!!

Ultrasound training is attainable at YOUR convenience. Remember, the future is in YOUR hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Please view our previous posts such as “The Truth: Accredited v. Non-accredited” )

www.academyofultrasound.com  For information regarding online ultrasound program, email: info@academyofultrasound.com