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Question by Cookielips: How much do ultrasound techs make a year coming out of school?
I’m a college student at the University of Toledo trying to figure out what exactly do I want to do with my life. I want to stay in the medical field and I heard about ultrasound techs. Before I jump into the field I was wondering how much do they make a year? And is it a good field to get into?
Answer by June Bugg
It really depends on where you plan to work. I live in Spokane, Washington and can expect to make about $ 45,000 to $ 50,000 a year starting if I work full time in this area. I may make more if I start work elsewhere. Pay increases with experience, and you will be paid extra if you work holidays or are on call. Ultrasound techs may be paid for all the time they are on call; basically, they are paid their regular wage as long as they are officially available, even if they are never called in to work.
Ultrasound is an excellent field. Employment opportunities are good, and are expected to get even better as Baby Boomer techs begin to retire within the next couple of years. Education can be completed in as little as 2 years, though 4 year degrees are available (pay and hireability are not affected by what type of degree you have, only by whether or not you are certified). Hours are generally regular, especially if you work in a clinic rather than a hospital, and the job is challenging, intellectually stimulating, and varied. Unless you choose to work at a specialty OB office, your scanning will not be limited to unborn babies. All abdominal and pelvic organs, the thyroid, and the scrotum are routinely examined with ultrasound. You can also choose to specialize in scanning veins and arteries (vascular ultrasound) or hearts (echocardiography).
Hope this helps, and good luck!
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