If you’re thinking of attending ultrasound technician schools in Montana, you’ll have the opportunity of a very favorable job market upon graduation, in a state where the average salary exceeds $68,000. According to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the healthcare industry is growing at a faster rate than nearly every other industry in Montana. The same can be said for the specialty of diagnostic medical sonography, with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics is forecasting a whopping 58% job growth through 2020.
Sonography programs are costly for schools to operate, so if you don’t see a program in your area, consider one of the many other health technician programs. Get started on your career by requesting information from several ultrasound tech schools in Montana, or from a school offering one of many related programs within healthcare. Make a list of questions beforehand, and you’ll have the opportunity to speak to a representative and address any concerns or questions you may have.
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Montana Ultrasound Career Outlook
Diagnostic medical sonographers use special equipment to take images of the inside of the body. Those images are used by physicians to detect, diagnost, and treat disease, as well as monitor the health and growth of a fetus inside an expectant mother. The training and work aren’t easy, but it’s a rewarding career, both emotionally and financially. Montana’s diagnostic medical sonographers earned an average of $68,30000 in 2012, which is the most current year that data is available. This is a bit higher than the national average, which was $65,900. The medical field overall is expecting significant job growth, and that certainly is true for sonography. Employment in the decade spanning 2010 through 2020 is expected to be much higher than average, with an increase of 58% predicted.
Certification Requirements in Montana
There is no current requirement for diagnostic medical sonographers to be licensed or certified in Montana. Many states are considering adopting that requirement, and it’s a common thing for employers to prefer, so certification is something that you’ll want to consider as you pursue your education.
The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is the primary organization offering certification for sonographers, and the only way to earn their certification is by taking and passing their exam. There are only two testing centers in Montana to take the exam, and you may want to search for centers in neighboring states. 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.
The ARDMS has a list of prerequisites that it requires in order to take their test. Graduating from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is probably one of the most common, but there are others as well, which are detailed on the ARDMS website. Read through them, and see which one will be the easiest for you to meet. Request information from several ultrasound technician schools in Montana and do the research to make sure that they meet the certification requirements you’re looking for.
Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2010 Data
This table compares average annual salaries across similar careers, in the metropolitan areas of Montana.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey and Career OneStop