In becoming a Diagnostic Sonographer there is many steps, and a lot to know. There are duties and responsibilities to take part in, learning on how to become one and what to expect from it. Then there’s annual pay as well as the skills required for the job and of course the risks.
First off there are several responsibilities required for the job. Sonographers deal with a diagnostic imaging machine in dimly light rooms. One has to have the ability to understand and be able to read the machine. The machine allows the sonographer to know if the baby is healthy or if there is something wrong, if there will be long term problems such as retardation and/or etc. Other requirements are to have to stand on feet for long periods of time, as well lifting up the patients when needed. It’s also important to know that performing procedures are often done on the bedside of the patient.
In the working environment it is said that in 2012 58,800 sonographer jobs were held. (Statistics) Most sonographer’s work in hospitals, however there are other places they are available to work such as clinics, emergency rooms, or if they hold their own small place. It also should be known that most sonographers work fulltime which requires late nights and working on weekends; However part-time jobs are also available and still pay good money.
How to become a sonographer is actually easier than most good paying jobs. The job can be started with an entry level of an associate’s degree. There is a license needed in order to work as a sonographer and in order to keep your license or “renew it” a test must be completed every few years to make sure the information acquired has not been lost. (Statistics) Continuing to go to school to get a bachelor’s or even a master’s degree would bring more knowledge and more money as well as a higher position. Some colleges offer programs or one year certificates, but it’s usually to people who are already employed; however that’s good for whom ever wants to expand their knowledge or even pay.
The job outlook for a sonographer is quite interesting in fact. Employment is expected to grow forty-six percent from 2012 all the way until 2022. (Statistics) This is much faster than the average for any occupation. As the baby boom period continues to increase the demand for sonographers continue to increase, as well as the retirement rate, more people are being replaced. That is why this is a career seriously needed and one that won’t leave you on the streets due to no job openings. Sonographers will continue to be needed to use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment.
Salary varies for this occupation. (Statistics) However, some as low as 10 percent of sonographers earn up to 91,070 a year. (Statistics) Diagnostic medical sonographer makes more money than any other type of sonographer such as cardiovascular...