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The field of medical imaging is growing rapidly, across the nation and in North Carolina.  Diagnostic medical sonographers, also known as ultrasound technicians, use special equipment to take images of the inside of the body.  They work closely alongside physicians, who use those images to detect, diagnose, and treat disease, as well as monitor the health and growth of a fetus.  Medical imaging is a popular career choice due to the rewarding nature of the work, combined with a good salary and relatively short educational and training period.

Get started today by requesting information from ultrasound technician schools in North Carolina.  If you don’t see a program in your area, check out one of the related programs listed below. You’ll have the opportunity to speak with a representative to have your questions answered, so come prepared with a list of things you want to discuss.

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North Carolina Ultrasound Career Outlook

In 2013, diagnostic medical sonographers in North Carolina earned an average of $63,400, which is a little less than the national average of $66,410. Predicted growth in the field is expected to be much higher than average, with a 50% increase in employment in the decade spanning 2012 through 2022. This places North Carolina 7th in the nation in terms of job growth for sonographers.  Ultrasound techs typically work in surgical or general medical hospitals in North Carolina, but employment can also be found at physicians’ offices and private diagnostic medical imaging centers throughout the state.

Additional Accredited Schools in North Carolina

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:

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College – Asheville, NC
Website: www.abtech.edu

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute – Hudson, NC
Website: www.cccti.edu

Cape Fear Community College – Wilmington, NC
Website: www.cfcc.edu

Forsyth Technical Community College – Winston-Salem, NC
Website: www.forsythtech.edu

Johnston Community College – Smithfield, NC
Website: www.johnstoncc.edu

Pitt Community College – Greenville, NC
Website: www.pittcc.edu

South Piedmont Community College – Monroe, NC
Website: www.spcc.edu

Southwestern Community College-Sylva – Sylva, NC
Website: www.southwesterncc.edu

Certification Requirements in North Carolina

Most states, including North Carolina, do not require professional certification or licensure to practice sonography. However, legislation requiring a license is being proposed in several states, and most employers require certification, so it’s a smart thing to consider as you plan for your education and training.

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 plenty of testing locations to choose from, with 11 being located within North Carolina, plus many more in neighboring states. Find the locations nearest you and their 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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Salary Outlook

Table 1 gives you the average annual salary for ultrasound technicians in the major metropolitan areas of North Carolina.

Metropolitan Area 2013 Median Salary
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC $62,400
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC $67,000
Fayetteville, NC $61,600
Greensboro-High Point, NC $65,300
Greenville, NC $61,400
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC $58,300
Raleigh-Cary, NC $61,600
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC $67,600
Wilmington, NC $58,900

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Salaries Across Careers and Metropolitan Area, 2013 Data

Table 2 compares median annual salaries among several related careers within North Carolina.

Metropolitan Area Ultrasound Tech Cardiovascular Tech Radiology Tech Surgical Tech
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC $62,400 $51,700 $54,600 $39,100
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC $67,000 unavailable $62,200 $41,900
Fayetteville, NC $61,600 unavailable $48,200 $40,600
Greensboro-High Point, NC $65,300 $65,400 $55,100 unavailable
Raleigh-Cary, NC $61,600 $66,100 $52,400 unavailable
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC $67,600 $55,600 $52,900 $42,700
Wilmington, NC $58,900 unavailable unavailable $35,100

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