Are you considering attending one of the ultrasound technician schools in Maine? We’ll tell you about some of your options, plus give you information on the state of the industry, salary expectations, and more. Spend some time exploring the rapidly growing field of diagnostic medical sonography.
Growth is expected to be almost 50% in the state of Maine, which is significantly higher than average, and it’s one of the highest paid careers available with just an associate’s degree.
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Maine Ultrasound Career Outlook
Diagnostic medical sonographers, also called ultrasound technicians, play an important role in healthcare today. Using special equipment, ultrasound techs use sound waves to image the inside of the body, and those images are used by physicians to detect, diagnose, and treat disease. In 2012, the average annual salary for diagnostic medical sonographers in Maine was $69,700, which is slightly higher than the national average of $65,900. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for ultrasound techs in the state will grow by 50% in the decade spanning 2010 through 2020.
Begin your career by requesting information from an ultrasound technician school in Maine, or one of the many other programs listed below. You’ll have the opportunity to speak to a representative and have your questions answered.
Accredited Sonography Schools in Maine
The following schools have sonography programs that have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP):
Kennebec Valley Community College – Fairfield, ME
Certification Requirements in Maine
As of June, 2012, there are no licensure or certification requirements for diagnostic medical sonographers in Maine. However, many states are discussing making the move toward required licensure, and many employers require it as well, so it’s a wise thing to consider while you’re pursuing your education. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is the primary organization offering certification to sonographers. The only way to earn their certification is by taking and passing their exam. There are currently two testing centers in Maine to take the exam. Find the locations and contact information on the ARDMS website at ardms.org, or by calling the testing company Pearson Vue at 1-877-258-9220.
In order to take the ARDMS test, you must meet one of their prerequisites. Graduating from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is probably the easiest, but there are others as well, which are detailed on the ARDMS website. You may even want to talk to prospective employers about the certification and educational requirements they have. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Maine and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.
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The following table compares average annual salaries among several related careers, by major metropolitan area, and then compares them to the national average.
Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area in Maine, 2012 Data
The following table compares average annual salaries earned in 2012 for sonographers, as well as similar careers.
|Metropolitan Area||Ultrasound Tech||Cardiovascular Tech||Radiology Tech||Surgical Tech|
|Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME||$71,000||$57,600||$57,900||$40,800|
|Southwest Maine (2010 data)||$67,800||$64,300||$53,200||$38,500|
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey and Career One Stop, url: http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=Overall&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&stfips=23&x=38&y=11