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 Healthcare Career Resources
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. Learn more about becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer.
By The Numbers
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.
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.
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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.
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?
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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.
Ultrasound Technician Schools in Charlotte
Charlotte, NC is often referred to as the “Crown Jewel of the South”, and it’s the largest city in North Carolina. According to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, 11% of workers in the area are employed by the healthcare industry, with over 11 billion paid out in annual salaries, wages, and bonuses. There are several sonography programs in the surrounding area from which to pursue your education. The median annual salary for sonographers in Charlotte was $62,400 in 2013, which is comparable to the salary earned across the state.
State-wide, as well as in Charlotte, job growth for sonographers and other healthcare technicians is expected to be strong. Most sonographers in Charlotte work in hospitals and surgical centers, but a growing number are finding employment in private diagnostic centers.
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Accredited Sonography 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
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute – Hudson, NC
Cape Fear Community College – Wilmington, NC
Forsyth Technical Community College – Winston-Salem, NC
Johnston Community College – Smithfield, NC
Pitt Community College – Greenville, NC
South Piedmont Community College – Monroe, NC
Southwestern Community College-Sylva – Sylva, NC
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|
|Greensboro-High Point, NC||$65,300|
|Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC||$67,600|
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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|
|Greensboro-High Point, NC||$65,300||$65,400||$55,100||unavailable|
|Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC||$67,600||$55,600||$52,900||$42,700|
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