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Arizona, located in the southwestern region of the country, is known as a retiree destination. The warm, desert climate in the southern portion of the state draws increasing numbers of aging baby boomers, which in turns increases the need for qualified, medically trained personnel. This helps to provide a secure job outlook for graduates of ultrasound technician schools in Arizona, as well as those from across the healthcare industry, placing Arizona in the top 5 states in terms of job growth for sonographers.

If you’re considering pursuing a career in medical imaging or allied health, begin by requesting information from schools. Read on to learn the salary expectations for sonographers, as well as job growth and certification requirements in Arizona. Explore the programs listed below, whether in sonography or a related program, and find one that fits your long-term career goals. Request information, and you’ll get the chance to speak to a representative and get your questions answered.

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A sonography degree prepares you for a variety of job functions from introducing future parents to a first look at their baby to identifying abnormalities, such as tumors, growing inside a patient’s organs.

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What Level of Education Do I Need?

If you would like to become a diagnostic medical sonographer or ultrasound technician, ultimately your goal is to complete and pass the ARDMS exam. While not all states require such certification, the majority of clinics and hospitals prefer candidates to hold this professional credential.

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Arizona Ultrasound Career Outlook

Becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer in Arizona is a wise career goal. The median annual salary in 2013 was $78,760, which is significantly higher than the national average of $66,410.

The rate of expected job growth is 56%, which again is significantly higher than the national average of 44%. This ranks Arizona 3rd in the country in terms of job growth for ultrasound technicians.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May, 2013: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm

Benefits of an Ultrasound Degree

  • An associates degree will help prepare you for entry level sonography positions.
  • You can typically complete your program in two years.
  • Prerequisites are typically only a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • It provides a solid foundation from which to build your career.

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As part of a diagnostic medial sonography degree, often you will have the opportunity to specialize in an area such as:

  • Echocardiography
  • Obstetric sonography
  • Vascular technology
  • Abdominal sonography.

Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals

According to the US Department of Education, limited English proficient (LEP) learners were the fastest growing population in the country. It is estimated that almost 21% of individuals in the United States speak a language other than English at home. The healthcare industry is concerned that patients as a result may not be receiving optimal health care.

Those who speak English as their 2nd language can have difficulty understanding the information presented to them by their physician, nurse, or other healthcare provider. Healthcare providers who speak a second language can have increased job opportunities available to them, especially in Arizona, which has historically been a destination-state for immigrants.  Spanish is the most common 1st language for these residents.

Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Arizona

There are many factors to consider when choosing a sonography program, from cost and proximity to job placement percentages, but one of the most important to consider is accreditation. The following ultrasound technician schools in Arizona have all been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs as of October, 2014:

GateWay Community College-Phoenix – Phoenix, AZ
Website: www.gatewaycc.edu

Certification Requirements in Arizona

Statewide licensure is not required in Arizona. However, many employers do require professional certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The only way to earn certification is by taking and passing their exam. There are many locations throughout Arizona to take the exam, and you can find them on the ARDMS website at ardms.org, or by calling the testing company Pearson Vue at 1-877-258-9220.

The easiest way to qualify to sit for the exam is to graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Otherwise, you’ll need 12 months of full time clinical experience. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Arizona, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

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Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2013 Data

The table below shows the median annual salaries for major metropolitan areas in Arizona, and compares them with that of similar careers.

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Cardiovascular Tech Radiology Tech
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ MSA $80,900 $58,200 $60,000
Tucson, AZ $70,100 $64,700 $54,100

http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=Overall&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&stfips=04&x=38&y=6

Ultrasound Technician School in Tucson

Tucson is growing by approximately 18,000 residents each year, and has promoted itself as an attractive place for young and productive workers. Attending ultrasound technician school in Tucson puts you in the heart of a beautiful city with 350 days of sunshine a year. With an extensive arts and culinary scene, as well as golf and other outdoor adventures, there is much for a student to do in their spare time.

Statics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Employment Statistics Survey and Career OneStop

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