An ultrasound technician is an actual ultrasound operator or it can actually be a doctor that also had a course in ultrasound technology so that he can use the equipment effectively without the need of hiring personnel.
There is a very strict process that you need to follow in order to become an ultrasound technician and be able to actually find a job in this field. The first things that you need to know about this profession are math and science and make sure that you like these subjects before you decide to become an ultrasound technician. Medical terminology is also important as knowledge and because you will have to work with doctors and give your opinion on diagnoses and images provided by the ultrasound equipment your are specialized in operating.
If you decide that you really need to become an ultrasound technician you will need to actually follow an ultrasound technician program and get a egress from your local community college. The courses will probably take two or three years, but after that you don’t need anything else, you can jump right into the first ultrasound technician job that you can find.
There is something that you need to make sure before starting the program and that is to see if it is accredited or not. Ask around or actually go to the local education information center and see if the program you want to follow has actually received accreditation from the state education council.
You will also need to register with the American Radiological and Diagnostic Medical Stenographer (ARDMS) Association after graduation in order to actually be entitled to a job in the field of radiology using ultrasound. After that you can apply for jobs with hospitals or private radiology offices. The pays are actually really good and you will probably enjoy the job all together. You will probably mostly work with pregnant ladies that need to know how their baby is. So, you are basically doing good deeds, working in a very clean a pleasant environment, on a fixed schedule and you are also earning a decent living with it. Now, you would imagine that it is the perfect job, and it really is for some people. Come to think of it, it is really a decent job. Just so you know, the average pay for an ultrasound technician is about 60 thousand dollars per year, which translates to about 5 thousand per month.