Sonographer Schools

Medical imaging helps diagnose and treat several medical ailments. The most known types of medical imaging are x-rays and MRIs, but sonography is growing in popularity because it uses sound waves instead of radiation to create an image. Diagnostic medical sonographers are trained at sonography schools in the use of various medical imaging devices as well as how to understand results (although in most cases, images are passed on to a physician for interpretation and diagnosis).

Sonographer Schools

Most sonographer programs are found at community colleges, but training can also be found in hospitals, the military, vocational schools and some universities as well.

Sonographer schools typically offer a two-year associate's degree or less commonly, a four-year bachelor's degree. Some programs last just one year, but they are usually reserved for those already working in a hospital and trying to advance into a sonography career.

Sonographer Salary and Career Outlook

Sonographers operate the equipment that directs high frequency sound waves into a patient's body to project an image. The most well-known use of sonography is when ultrasound is used to create an image of an unborn baby. Sonographers may also specialize in imaging of the abdomen, brain, or breast tissue.

The median annual salary for sonographers in 2009 was $63,010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Job growth looks excellent for this field as well, as the BLS predicts 18 percent job growth (which is much better than the national average) between 2008 and 2018.

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Sonographer Schools