Ultrasound Technician Salary
Job Description for Ultrasound Technician
Ultrasound technicians use ultrasound machines that utilize high frequency sound waves and their echoes to obtain anatomical images. Technicians may scan children, adults and/or animals depending on the needs of their position. Ultrasounds are used to scan patients for potential diseases and to monitor current heath conditions; they are also used in routine maternity checkups. For example, they may use the ultrasound to display the anatomy of fetuses, to check organs such as the liver for masses, to scan for kidney stones, or to check the heart for problems. The images are then sent to a doctor along with a written or oral report for further analysis. The technician should also be able to recommend if further scanning will be necessary to monitor or detect a health condition. The ultrasound technician may also determine if extra scanning is needed if the images produced in a scan are not clear enough. Additionally, the technician must be able to answer any patient questions before, during, and after the ultrasound.Read More...
Ultrasound technicians generally undergo relevant education, training and certification in order to be able to operate ultrasound equipment. Currently, technicians need to be able to perform 2D and 3D ultrasounds. Interpersonal skills are also necessary to provide comfort for the patient. A high degree of both written and oral communication skills are needed to communicate with medical staff, reporting results and coordinating any additional scans.
Ultrasound Technician Tasks
- Prepare and position patient for ultrasound exam and explain procedure.
- Process and code film, videotape, images or prints from procedures and complete documentation for interpretation by physician.
- Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images according to physician's directive.
- Observe screen during scan to ensure satisfactory image for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments as required.
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Popular Skills for Ultrasound Technician
Ultrasound Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Cardiology, Abdomen, and Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 20 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ABDOMINAL. Those with knowledge of Abdomen tend to be skilled in Obstetrics/Gynecology as well.
Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasound Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Ultrasound Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $51K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $62K. Ultrasound Technicians bring in $66K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $78K on average.
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