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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.

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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.

Programs

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Career Resources

Montana Healthcare Career Resources

Diagnostic medical sonographers use special equipment to take images of the inside of the body. Those images are used by physicians to detect, diagnose, 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.

By The Numbers


Montana’s diagnostic medical sonographers earned a median annual salary of $69,500 in 2014. This is a bit higher than the national median, which was $67,500.

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.

Certification

Certification Requirements in Montana

State of Montana FlagThere 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.

Additional Certification Information

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What does an ultrasound technician do?

There’s much more than just imaging internal organs. Learn more at: ultrasounddchoolsinfo.com/ultrasound-technician. Get a complete job description, as well as first-hand accounts of what it’s like to be a sonographer.

How do I get started?

We’ll walk you through all of the steps, starting when you’re still in high school or before you’ve started any formal post-education program, all the way through finding a job and advancing in your career. Get Started Now.

How long do I have to go to school?

Most degree programs are completed within two years.

How do I know if it’s right for me?

In order to be successful in the field, you’ll need more than just technical knowledge. Here’s how you’ll know if you’ve got what it takes.

What other jobs can I get in healthcare?

There are many careers available within the healthcare industry, and we’ll introduce you to many of them here.

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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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
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*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

Article by Wendy Fanello. Read more of her work on UltrasoundSchoolsInfo.com & follow her on Google+.