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Ultrasound Technologist

Overview: Ultrasound technologists operate medical diagnostic equipment to produce two-dimensional pictures of patients' internal organs, muscles and tissue for purposes of diagnosing abnormalities. They instruct patients about the procedures and discuss test results with ultrasound experts.
Duties: They operate ultrasound diagnostic equipment to produce 2-dimensional patterns and positive pictures of internal organs and muscles for diagnosis of diseases and malfunction.

They perform ultrasound analyses for pre-natal examination of a pregnant female's fetus and placenta. They adjust equipment according to the part of body examined.

They explain to patients the procedures used and assist patients to assume physical positions needed for the required exposure to ultrasonic waves.

They review tests results with physicians to identify and locate suspected abnormalities and ambiguities and decide whether additional tests will clarify ambiguous areas.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment of ultrasound technologists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 due to the aging population which has more need for diagnostic imaging and the increased reliance by the healthcare industry on imaging. Employment is expected to grow more rapidly in physicians offices and medical and diagnostic labs.
Salary Range (National Average): $27,000 to $30,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree or a technical institute certificate with a major in sonography is the usual educational requirement. In addition to core courses in health science, special studies are required in acoustical physics, human anatomy, physiology and cardiac anatomy.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Watching gauges and any other types of indicators to make sure equipment is running properly.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.