I myself work in Information Technology, but my mom has been a sonographer for 20+ years and a radiologist for 10 years before that. She works for a hospital mostly, but also picks up on-call shifts for one of the nationwide emergency room chains on the side. She has friends in the profession who have started their own practice with "sneak-a-peek" mobile ultrasound services. I've heard MANY stories over the years.
Like any healthcare profession, you definitely need to have some mental fortitude for this line of work. You will be very up-close and personal with patients and their very human stories - celebrations, tragedies and everything in between. Prenatal ultrasound, measuring the babies' growth and showing the parents the face of their child for the first time is the fun stuff. The bulk of the work though is diagnostic scanning - You're actively looking for the source of a problem at the direction of a doctor. Sometimes the things you find can be startling as you learn to recognize them, but you have to remain professional and detached, working calmly with the patient and gathering the necessary information to hand off to the doctor for interpretation without giving your own opinion one way or the other. Patients can often be in pain and suffering, and the scanning procedure can be awkward to get through depending on the type of scan you're doing. However, you're very much helping to save lives with the valuable information you provide, and the work can be very fulfilling.
Along with the initial education, there are numerous certifications, re-certifications and continuing education along with the work. you will never stop learning with this profession, because the technology and processes are always improving and you have to grow with them. You may need to study and understand technical aspects of medical scanning equipment from several manufacturers and know how to competently operate more than one kind. Frequent seminars and classes give you a chance to connect with peers and colleagues, but maintaining all of that is almost a job in itself. If you're good at it, you will always be in demand can can live almost anywhere.
That's what I can share from spending half a lifetime close to someone who works in ultrasound. Hopefully it helps! May you find success and fulfillment whatever you choose.
The national average salary for an ultrasound technician is $78,884 per year. The growth rate for ultrasound techs is above the average of all occupations, indicating positive job stability.
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