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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 medial annual salary exceeds $69,000. 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 job growth predicted to be 35% through 2022.

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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Learning Options

Learning Options

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.

Learning Options

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.

Career Outlook

Montana 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 a median annual salary of $69,500 in 2013. This is a bit higher than the national average, which was $66,410. The medical field overall is expecting significant job growth, and that certainly is true for sonography. Employment in the decade spanning 2012 through 2022 is expected to be much higher than average, with an increase of 35% predicted.

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.

Montana

City Spotlight: Billings

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Billings

Billings, MT

Billings, which has been ranked #1 among small metro areas, remained stable through the recession that gripped the rest of the nation. Unemployment has remained well below the national average, and healthcare is one of the major employment industries. According to a report from the Billings Chamber of Commerce, “the city’s medical corridor provides the most advanced healthcare services in a four-state area, including Wyoming and the Dakotas”.

Attending a sonography program in Billings, or pursuing a degree or certificate in a field in allied health, will make you a competitive candidate in the growing healthcare market. Sonographers earned a median salary of $65,100 as of May, 2014.

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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, 2013 Data

This table compares median annual salaries across similar careers, in the metropolitan areas of Montana.

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Surgical Tech Radiology Tech All Other Health Technologists
Billings, MT $69,500 $39,600 $47,400 $49,500
Great Falls $70,000 unavailable unavailable unavailable
State median $69,500 $40,200 $49,600 $34,800
National median $66,410 $42,700 $55,200 $40,900

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey and Career OneStop
*http://www.careerinfonet.org/carout3.asp?optstatus=111111111&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&stfips=12&jobfam=29&order=Percent
*http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?next=occ_rep&Level=Overall&optstatus=111111111&jobfam=29&id=1&nodeid=2&soccode=292032&stfips=30&x=59&y=14

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