Ultrasound technicians, also known as medical sonographers, conduct tests and create images using specialist imaging equipment. These test results and images help in the assessment and diagnosis of medical conditions, and some ultrasound technicians even assist surgeons and physicians during surgery. With the continued evolution of imaging photography, more medical facilities will be looking to use ultrasounds to replace other costly, invasive procedures.
In order to become an ultrasound technician in New Hampshire, a formal education is required. Several schools in the state offer postsecondary certificate or degree programs in the field. These include:
While enrolled in an ultrasound technician training program, your time may be divided between classroom-based lessons and clinical study. Working alongside experienced technicians, you'll learn what it's like to work in an imaging laboratory, physician's office, or hospital.
While curriculum will vary by school and program, students can expect to take courses in the following areas:
As of May 2016, sonographers will need to be licensed in order to work in New Hampshire. This requires an applicant to be 18 or over, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, have successfully completed a board-approved course in sonography, and have a current certification and registration in the field.
Relevant certifications are available from Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Some students also like to specialize in a particular area, e.g. vascular ultrasound, which can increase the amount of employment opportunities that are available to them.
Most certifications will have specialization areas that students can choose from. Students typically earn at least one of these certificates, but some choose to earn multiple. The majority of employers also prefer to hire applicants who are trained to provide CPR through a Basic Life Support certification.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for New Hampshire. 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.
2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
Annual Median Salary