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The healthcare sector in Indiana has grown almost continuously for the past 20 years, often outpacing growth in the rest of the country.  In addition, jobs in healthcare typically pay more than average in Indiana.  This growth in healthcare has helped offset job losses in other areas in the state.  Double digit growth is expected in a variety of allied health careers, including ultrasound technician, cardiovascular technician, dental assistant, and radiation therapists, to name a few.  Job growth specific to sonographers in Indiana is expected to be 21% in the decade spanning 2012 to 2022.

It’s not always easy deciding on a career path.  We’ll try and help by letting you know what you can expect to earn, what employment statistics looks like in Indiana, and what the certification requirements are for sonographers.  Attending one of the ultrasound technician schools in Indiana is the best way to get started in this growing field.

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Indiana Ultrasound Career Outlook

Indiana’s population is growing faster than other Midwestern states, increasing by more than 6% between 2000 and 2010. Yet the education level of residents in Indiana is below the national average, which gives graduates an advantage in terms of employment. Completing an ultrasound degree in Indiana will allow you to study in a state that shows a positive career outlook in healthcare. The majority of sonographers employed in Indiana work at hospitals, which typically have higher salaries than diagnostic imaging centers.

The median annual salary for ultrasound techs in Indiana, at $63,380, (2013) is just about on par with the rest of the country, with the national median salary being $66,410. Growth of the industry is expected to be 21% through 2022, which is less than the national growth rate of 46%.

Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Indiana

As you begin your research into sonography programs, be sure to look at the accreditation of the program or institution, as that can attest to the quality of the education you’ll receive. The following ultrasound technician schools in Indiana have all been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP):

Franciscan Saint Anthony Medical Center – Crown Point, IN
Website: www.franciscanalliance.org/hospitals/crownpoint/Pages/default.aspx

University of Southern Indiana – Evansville, IN
Website: www.usi.edu

 

Certification Requirements in Indiana

The state of Indiana does not require licensure or certification to be an ultrasound technician. 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 Indiana 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 Indiana, and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.

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Salary Outlook by Metropolitan Area

The following table compares average annual salaries for ultrasound technicians in major metropolitan areas of Indiana.

 Metropolitan Area 2013 Median Salary
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN $62,400
Elkhart-Goshen, IN $61,100
Fort Wayne, IN $60,500
Gary, IN $72,700
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN $67,600

The median salary in Indiana in 2013 was $63,380, which is slightly less than the national average of $66,410.

Career One Stop, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, http://www.careerinfonet.org/Occ_Intro.asp?id=1&nodeid=1

Things to do in Indiana

If you’re considering pursuing your degree at an ultrasound technician school in Indiana, you’ll be pleased to find out that you can combine a good employment outlook with fun leisurely pursuits.  There are many museums, states parks, and zoos to visit with your friends, as well as great shopping, restaurants and wineries throughout the state.  If you’re interested in gambling, you can  test your luck at one of the casinos in Indiana.  Whatever your pleasure, Indiana has much to offer a student who has some spare time to fill.

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