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Become An Ultrasound Technologist

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Working As An Ultrasound Technologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $65,678

    Average Salary

What Does An Ultrasound Technologist Do

An Ultrasound Technologist performs diagnostic sonographic examinations though utilizing ultrasonic equipment. They are responsible for locating, evaluating, and recording critical functional, pathological, and anatomical data.

How To Become An Ultrasound Technologist

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, need formal education, such as an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Many employers also require professional certification.

Education

Colleges and universities offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in sonography and in cardiovascular and vascular technology. One-year certificate programs also are available from colleges or hospitals.

Employers typically prefer graduates of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Sonography, cardiovascular, and vascular education programs usually include courses in anatomy, medical terminology, and applied sciences. Most sonography programs are divided into the specialized fields that correspond to the relevant certification exams, such as abdominal sonography or breast sonography. Cardiovascular and vascular programs include coursework in either invasive or noninvasive cardiovascular or vascular technology procedures. In addition to classroom study, most programs also include a clinical component in which students earn credit while working under a more experienced technologist in a hospital, physician’s office, or imaging laboratory.

High school students who are interested in diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular technology, or vascular technology should take courses in anatomy, physiology, physics, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire diagnostic imaging workers with professional certification. Many insurance providers and Medicare pay for procedures only if a certified sonographer, technologist, or technician performed the work. Certification is available from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

Diagnostic imaging workers can earn certification by graduating from an accredited program and passing an exam. Most of the certifications are for specialties in diagnostic imaging; for example, a sonographer can earn a certification in abdominal sonography. Most diagnostic imaging workers have at least one certification, but many earn multiple certifications.

In addition, many employers prefer to hire candidates who have a Basic Life Support certification, which shows they are trained to provide CPR.

Few states require diagnostic medical sonographers to be licensed. Professional certification is typically required for licensure; other requirements vary by state. Contact state medical boards for more information.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Diagnostic imaging workers must follow precise instructions to obtain the images needed to diagnose and treat patients. They must also pay attention to the screen while scanning a patient’s body because the cues that contrast healthy areas with unhealthy ones may be subtle.

Hand-eye coordination. To get quality images, diagnostic imaging workers must be able to accurately move equipment on the patient’s body in response to what they see on the screen.

Interpersonal skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must work closely with patients. Sometimes patients are in extreme pain or mental stress, and they must get cooperation from the patient to create usable images.

Physical stamina. Diagnostic imaging workers are on their feet for long periods and must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must understand how to operate complex machinery and computerized instruments.

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Real Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Diagnostic Ultrasound Technician Lawrence & Memorial Hospital New London, CT May 04, 2014 $104,416
Diagnostic Ultrasound Technician Lawrence & Memorial Hospital New London, CT May 06, 2014 $104,416
Diagnostic Ultrasound Technician Lawrence &Amp; Memorial Hospital New London, CT May 05, 2011 $89,731
Echo Vascular/Ultrasound Tech East Texas Physicians Alliance, LLP Palestine, TX Jun 08, 2015 $75,000
Ultrasound Technologist UNM Medical Group, Inc. Albuquerque, NM Aug 17, 2015 $72,523 -
$83,397
Registered Ultrasound Technologist Mitchell/Martin, Inc. New York, NY May 07, 2016 $68,641 -
$77,219
Ultrasound Technologist HH Medstar Health, Inc. Baltimore, MD Aug 01, 2016 $65,678
Ultrasound Technologist HH Medstar Health Inc. Baltimore, MD Aug 01, 2016 $65,678
Ultrasound Technologist HH Medstar Health, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 08, 2016 $65,678
Ultrasound Technologist HH Medstar Health, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 08, 2013 $62,881
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Top Skills for An Ultrasound Technologist

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Top Ultrasound Technologist Skills

  1. Small Parts
  2. ABD
  3. General Ultrasound
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed head ultrasound, pediatric, small parts gynecology, breast, abdomen.
  • Performed abdominal, vascular, obstetrics, gynecology and small parts ultrasound exams.
  • Perform general ultrasound as well as vascular ultrasounds
  • Perform exams including General Abdomen, pelvis, Vascular, breast, thyroid, scrotum, venous Doppler and venous mapping.
  • Adhere to protocol, rules and regulations of Radiology department.

Top Ultrasound Technologist Employers

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What Kind Of Companies Hire an Ultrasound Technologist

  1. MillenniumPhyGroup
  2. HCA
  3. Good Heart Cardiology
  4. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
  5. Soin Medical Center
  6. West Coast Radiology
  7. MobilexUSA
  8. Ultrasonic Radiology OC
  9. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton
  10. Valley Presbyterian Hospital
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