Ultrasound technicians operate sonography equipment, which uses high-frequency sound to produce images of the internal structure of patients' bodies. These professionals, also know as diagnostic medical sonographers, record images that help physicians diagnose issues in many different medical specialty areas, including obstetrics, cardiology, vascular medicine, and musculo-skeletal structures. Ultrasound techs interact with patients during procedures, and their training often includes instruction in interpersonal interaction techniques.
Associate degree programs in diagnostic medical sonography typically take two years or more to complete, and are geared toward preparing graduates to be successful at the certification exams administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Here is a list of schools in Georgia that offer training programs in the field:
Participants in ultrasound technician training programs are required to take basic science courses, which may include biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and physics. Admission to programs is often competitive, and preference may be given to applicants who already have training or work experience in relevant areas. Accepted students might also be required to complete pre-requisite courses before beginning the programs.
Sonography students can expect to gain training in specialized technical areas, such as:
Some programs include an internship component, which provides participants with hands-on clinical experience, and is a requirement for certification exam eligibility.
Ultrasound technicians in Georgia do not need a license issued by the state in order to practice. However, technicians must be certified by either the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) in order to be considered for employment in the state.
Pre-requisites for certification include graduation from an accredited training program and successful completion of relevant certification exams. Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) certification requires successful completion of a basic exam and a specialization exam.
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Georgia. 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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
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