Diagnostic medical sonographers, or ultrasound technicians, are responsible for the operation of ultrasonic imaging equipment in diagnostic procedures under the supervision of physicians. Sonographers must have training in the technical aspects of operating the equipment, and they must also have knowledge of normal and abnormal sonographic images. They work in a range of clinical settings, and they may specialize in areas such as cardiac or vascular sonography.
Several schools in the Garden State offer degree or certification programs for those who wish to enter this field.
Applicants to diagnostic medical sonography programs must complete coursework in several areas of science, including biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry and physics. Some programs require that applicants complete this coursework before application to the sonography program.
Sonography programs are generally competitive in their admissions processes because they have limited available slots for new students each year. These selective admissions processes may result in preference being given to applicants who already hold a degree in an allied health field or who have previous professional clinical experience. Some programs are designed exclusively for participants who already hold health care degrees.
New Jersey does not require state-issued licenses for sonographers, but professional certification is required for sonographers to qualify for jobs and to practice professionally in the state. The standard Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) certification is overseen by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), and graduates of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) are qualified to sit for the certification exams.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for New Jersey. 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
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