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Interested in attending ultrasound technician schools in New Mexico? It’s a great time to get started, since growth in the field is expected to be a whopping 40%. Diagnostic medical sonographers play an important role in healthcare. By using special equipment, they take images of the inside of the body. They work closely with physicians, who use those images to detect, diagnose, and treat disease, as well as monitor the health and growth of a fetus inside an expectant mother.

We’ll tell you about the options you have for school, as well as the job outlook and salary expectations for sonographers and related careers in New Mexico.

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New Mexico Ultrasound Career Outlook

In 2013, diagnostic medical sonographers earned a median salary of $68,100, which is a little higher than the national average of $66,410. Predicted growth in the field is expected to be much higher than average, with a 40% increase in employment expected in the decade spanning 2012 through 2022. Ultrasound techs typically work in surgical or general medical hospitals in New Mexico, but employment can also be found at physicians’ offices and private diagnostic medical imaging centers throughout the state.

Accredited Sonography Schools in New Mexico

The following schools have sonography programs that have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as of December 2014:

Central New Mexico Community College – Albuquerque, NM
Website: www.cnm.edu

Dona Ana Community College – Las Cruces, NM
Website: http://dabcc.nmsu.edu

City Spotlight: Albuquerque

Ultrasound Technician Schools in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM
In a July, 2015 report released by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, job growth in education and health services was reported to outpace every other industry in June, adding over 7,700 jobs. In Albuquerque, available jobs has increased steadily from a low in 2012. Job growth is steady not only for sonographers, but for other fields in allied health. Diagnostic medical sonographers have been ranked #80 in the list of the top 100 highest paying jobs in the city.

If you’re lucky enough to attend a sonography program in Albuquerque, you’ll find much to do in your time off from your studies. One of the most popular events in the city is the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held each October. The famous balloon festival is said to be the most photographed event in the world. You can also go hiking on dormant volcanoes, mountain biking, golfing, or relaxing by a pool with a cold beer.

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Certification Requirements in New Mexico

New Mexico is one of only two states (the other is Oregon) to require a license to practice sonography in the state. The license is granted by the State of New Mexico, and the states charges a maximum of $100.00 to obtain the license, which is good for two years. You can read more about New Mexico’s requirements at SDMS.org/news/newmexicoarticle.  Licensure is different than certification, which many employers will require as an addition to the state license.

To be competitive in the workforce, certification is something you’ll definitely want to consider.  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. According to the ARDMS website, there is only one testing center in the state to take the exam, although there are several 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.

In order to take the ARDMS exam, one of their prerequisites must be met.  Probably the most common way to meet their requirements is to graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), but this is certainly not the only way.  Read through the requirements on the ARDMS website, and determine which will be the easiest one for you to meet.

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Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2013 Data

This table tells you about the average salary for diagnostic medical sonographers in New Mexico, where available, and compares them across similar careers. The information is compared within major metropolitan areas, as well as state and nation-wide.

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Cardiovascular Tech Radiology Tech Surgical Tech
Albuquerque, NM $68,100 $63,700 $57,500 $40,200
Santa Fe, NM $76,200 unavailable unavailable unavailable
New Mexico $68,100 $66,800 $55,500 $38,700
United States $66,410 $53,200 $55,200 $42,700

Career One Stop, sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Labor.  http://www.careerinfonet.org/Occ_Intro.asp?id=1&nodeid=1

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