An ultrasound technician, also called a sonographer or diagnostic medical sonographer, uses ultrasound technology to generate internal images of patients' bodies that help physicians diagnose medical conditions. Ultrasound technicians can specialize in neurosonography (images of the brain and nervous system), obstetric and gynecologic sonography (images of the female reproductive system), abdominal sonography (images of the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen and pancreas) or breast sonography. Hospitals are the principal employer of ultrasound technicians; however, as technology becomes more advanced and less expensive, other health care facilities should increase in number, creating more opportunities for employment outside of hospitals.
Ultrasound Technician Schools in Arizona
To become a sonographer, you can earn an associate or bachelor's degree from a college or university (two-year programs are most common). You can also complete training in hospitals, vocational-technical institutions or the Armed Forces. As a student, you can expect to take courses in anatomy, physiology, instrumentation, basic physics, patient care and medical ethics. While no states require licensure, most employers prefer ultrasound technicians who are registered or hold multiple credentials as these qualifications are usually indicators of an individual's professional standing. The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) registers ultrasound technicians who have passed an exam that typically covers instrumentation and procedures within a specialty area. Arizona ultrasound technician schools can give you the skills you need to become a registered ultrasound technician.
Ultrasound Technician Salaries in Arizona
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities for sonographers should be favorable, with an increase of 18 percent through 2018. There are over 800 ultrasound technicians in the state of Arizona. To become one of them, take a look at the following sonography schools in Arizona. BLS states that in May 2009, Arizona ultrasound technicians made an annual median salary of $70,240. The tenth percentile earned an annual median salary of $48,750, while the 90th percentile earned $85,690. Ultrasound technicians in Arizona, tend to be concentrated in the Phoenix area and in Tucson, where job opportunities are most common.
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Schools for Sonographers in Arizona are listed below.
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This list also contains online schools that accept students from Arizona.
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) offers industry-relevant knowledge and training for in demand careers in healthcare.
|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|GateWay Community College Phoenix||Phoenix||Associate||6,874|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Arizona. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Sonographers relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
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