A Second Career as an Ultrasound Technician

If you are a person who had decided, for whatever reason, that you need to start over in your career, you will want to be very careful to choose a career that will support you through the rest of your life and into retirement.  The options are wide open, but some careers offer a better chance of supporting you now and in the future than others.  Some of the most promising careers, with high pay and good job outlook, are careers in the field of medicine.  The problem with many of these careers is that they require years of training.  However, there are a few careers that many people can train for that might require only a year or two of training, and that still offer all the advantages of other medical careers.  One such career is that of ultrasound technician.

An ultrasound technician is a person who uses a sonography machine to produce an image of the inside of another person’s body.  This is a technical career, meaning that you learn how to use the equipment to create the best image possible, but you don’t actually do any sort of direct treatment or any type of diagnosis.  Any of the images that you produce will be interpreted by a trained physician.  For this reason, you don’t need years of training in internal medicine–you only need to be familiar with the internal structures of the human body (basic anatomy) so that you know where to focus the machine’s sound waves, as well as how to actually use the machine proficiently.

As for how long this will take, it depends one several factors.  If you already have a college degree with some basic college level classes, you may complete the training in only 18 months or so, but if you need to take some of the prerequisites for admission, it might take you as much as three years.  The only way to know for sure is to speak to an admissions counselor at the college or institute you are considering.  With the average ultrasound technician salary of over $70,000 per year, though, two years or so of training is probably a wise investment.

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