Demand – Qualified Sonographers can find a job in almost any city or state, either in an imaging center, medical practice or hospital. By qualified, this means you are ARDMS certified and have some experience. There will always be a need for Sonographers because this diagnostic modality is often the first step in diagnosing diseases. It is inexpensive and non-invasive, yet only specially trained medical professionals can accurately perform an ultrasound. In the diagnostic ultrasound field, if you have over 2 years experience, you are definitely marketable in most job listings.
Flexibility – It is a known fact that as a Sonographer, you can often work the hours you want. If you want a job with regular hours, that describes the majority of fulltime openings available- 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. If you want a part-time position, there are many “per diem” openings where you can work out with your employer how many days per month you wish to work. An excellent choice for a parent of young children. Short hour employment means you work a set number of hours per week that is less than 40 hours. Some of these positions include benefits such as health and retirement options.
Professional Recognition – When you are a registered Sonographer, you are regarded as a medical professional and will work side by side with the Radiologist and other doctors. You will be consulted with as a member of the diagnosing team. The longer you are employed as a Sonographer, the more trust is built with the physicians and the more they look to you for assistance in a diagnosis.
Excellent Pay – Ultrasound Technologists are considered one of the top paid allied health careers, with starting salaries anywhere from $30/hour to $55/hour. The main reason for this is the complex skills necessary to accurately and clearly create a study that shows the true condition of the patient’s body. This is not a simple task and Sonographers have the burden of making sure a sick person’s ultrasound doesn’t make them look well, and a well person’s ultrasound doesn’t make them look sick.
Rewarding – Do you love to solve mysteries and find the human body amazing? Dislike the messier side of medicine? Do you like the concrete facts of science more than theories of philosophy or psychology? As a Sonographer you will put all these interests into practice many times a day! There is nothing as rewarding as using your personal strengths in your job.