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Is Ultrasound Tech A Good Career Lifestyle

What colleges are good for a career for ultrasound technician?

I'm a sophomore in high school and I've been looking up careers so I know what classes to take and know what colleges I should be looking into. Lately I've been wanting to look into being an ultrasound technician and see what colleges would be good to look into. I'm wanting to stay in Texas so I can be close to family if something ever happens... Any suggestions?

Ultrasound Tech - Good Career Path?

I already answered your other question about DMS, but as for your question about using biology and anatomy on a daily basis...yes, you absolutely do. You have to know normal anatomy backwards and forwards so that you can easily spot pathology. There is not much they teach you in these programs that you won't be using in your career. Once you enter a program (especially in the medical field) you are learning pertinent information that you can't just forget after your test, you really will use it for the rest of your life.

It is a great career path, there are tons of options and flexibility within ultrasound so you can focus in on the areas you really enjoy.

Good luck :)

Is an ultrasound technician a good career?

The correct term is diagnostic medical sonographer, and it's an excellent career. There is a lot more than just obstetrics - sonography is used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, prostate, heart, and blood vessels.

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Radiation therapy and nuclear medicine are high paying as well as sonography.

Is an ultrasound tech a good career?

Ultrasound tech would be a good career, like anything medical. People aren't going to stop getting pregnant, and it isn't a job that is going to get shipped out overseas. The only thing about it you need to think about seriously is that ultrasounds do not always end up bringing good news. You could be doing one later in a pregnancy and know that something is horribly wrong with the baby and have to remain calm. But something can go wrong in almost any career that involves helping people. I was the same way as you when I was younger and was considering nursing, but decided that I would be too emotional during the bad times. Talk to people who do what you are thinking about doing for a career and ask them what the bad parts of the job are and how they handle it.

Is ultrasound tech a good job?

Health care jobs are in a sector many see as growing favorably as the baby boomers reach retirement age. Different areas may see better growth than others.

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Is ultrasound sonography tech a good job?

The curriculum to become a diagnostic medical sonographer (used to be referred to as "ultrasound tech") is supposed to be pretty intense. Those in the medical imaging field, including radiologic tech, have said that there are *not* supposed to be too many jobs either.

With regard to occupational therapy tech (perhaps you're referring to occupational therapy ASSISTANT), it's not supposed to be "relaxing" per se but I'm sure rewarding. The job can actually be VERY emotionally and physically demanding. In addition, the OTA must have gone to school for two years, successfully complete a clinical fieldwork component with an actual patient caseload, and pass a certification exam before possibly finding work.

Practical nursing, or ANY type of nursing, for that matter, is also supposed to be VERY stressful, both mentally and physically. Even the job of a certified nursing assistant (CNA) can be very draining.

Regarding medical assistant (or medical billing and/or coding), there are NOT supposed to be too many jobs despite what those private overly priced For-profit schools proclaim.

If you're considering dental assistant, please make sure that the program is accredited by the "american dental association." Before considering going to school for dental assistant, it's preferably to look at dental textbooks such as those found at the local community college, the county vo-tech school, or medical/dental school library as some may find that even photos of patients with severe dental disease to be tough to view, much less in-person.

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Ultrasound would be a more lucrative career because they are in such high demand. That field is constantly changing. X-Ray is a good fieldbut regular x-ray can become boring, unless you get into a Specialty like CT, MRI, Special Procedures, Cardiac Cath(my favorite), and of course UltraSound although you can become a U/S tech without being a registered X-Ray Tech. U/S can be used as a private business as well, but that’s for another discussion.

Ultrasound career: info on this job?

I am a registered ultrasound technologist (sonographer).

I must say, if you're considering this career, you might want to know that there are practically no job opportunities for new grads. I graduated in August 2010 from an accredited school and I am registered. I have applied to almost 100 open positions all across the country (as far away as Alaska - I live in Ohio), and the ONLY job I have right now is a PRN position where I get to work maybe once a month if I'm lucky. And I AM lucky - over half of my classmates have no jobs at all. It's really scary.

I like ultrasound. I would like it a lot more if I could actually make a living at it, but I can't. Therefore, I'm looking to go back to school for something else, so I can hopefully support myself someday in the future.

It is not a stable job. If you're lucky to find a full-time position, the hospital could staff reduce at any time in this economy, and there go your hours or even your job. If you work at a doctor's office, if the doctor decides to leave or retire, you're usually so out of luck. It used to be a good career, really, but those days are over.

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound a good major for veterinary school?

You have raised a very interesting question. I am going to discuss it on the premise that program you mentioned is a four-year program which leads to a bachelor's degree. A two-year associate program would not be appropriate as few, if any, of its credits would transfer to a university pre-vet program.

If you had asked about a four-year bachelor of science in nursing program, my answer would be that it is not an appropriate pre-vet major. Medical schools and presumably veterinary schools would consider your going on for a career other than nursing to be a waste of an educational experience and degree which could have been awarded to a person who would go on to become a nurse. They would hold the nursing degree against the applicant.

I cannot see any valid distinction between nursing and diagnostic sonography in this context. So my conclusion is that diagnostic sonography is not a good pre-vet major.

May I suggest animal science, chemical engineering, biological engineering, and biomedical engineering as pre-vet majors which will provide good preparation for veterinary school as well as good career opportunities, which will pay much more than diagnostic sonography, for the more than five out of seven veterinary school applicants nationwide who are not admitted to any veterinary school.

That depends a lot on what direction you want to take... think long-term career choices too.  In x-ray, you can cross-train into additional modalities like CT, interventional radiography, cardiac cath lab, etc.  With ultrasound, you're limited to body regions within that specialty.  Both directions could lead to supervisory and/or management positions... they could also lead to sales or applicaitons positions if that's where you want to go down the road.  Bottom line = what interests you?  What's the job market like in your region?  What are your options for attending accredited schools and how long will it take you to complete a program?