Why a Medical Sonography Degree?

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Create opportunities in one of the growing healthcare fields

Sonography is projected to be one of the leading growth professions in the healthcare industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase by about 18% through 2018 – faster than the average for all occupations. Will you be ready to reap the benefits of this future growth? While an associate’s degree or equivalent education helped you secure your current position, will it be enough to have the career you want down the road?

In addition to a need for more sonographers due to the aging of the population, employment in this field will grow as sonography becomes an increasingly attractive alternative to radiologic procedures. Those sonographers with BSDMS degrees naturally have an advantage over those with associate degrees, especially when it comes to the best positions in the most attractive locations.

As the demand for sonographers increases, more people will train for this occupation. It follows logically that more sonography instructors will be needed. A bachelor’s degree will be essential if you wish to become a sonography educator.

Maybe the way you’d like to advance in your sonography career is to secure a supervisory, managerial, or administrative position. Employers always look for the most qualified people. With a Bachelor’s degree, you are more likely to go to the top of the list of qualified candidates.

Ultrasound imaging technology is expected to evolve rapidly and generate many new sonography procedures, enabling sonographers to scan and image areas of the body where ultrasound has not traditionally been used. Earning a bachelor’s degree can provide experience with the latest modalities and equipment used in the field, preparing you for higher level positions and/or specialization.

Perhaps most importantly, along with possible salary increases and recognition as a leader in your field, a Bachelor’s Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography will give you the personal satisfaction of knowing you are providing a higher level of care for your patients.

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2 Responses to “Why a Medical Sonography Degree?”

  1. Jackie F says:

    What if I already have my Assoc. in Diagnostic Medical Sonography? Does this program allow me to get a Bachelor’s without having to start from square one?

    • jrodriguez says:

      Hi Jackie, You must be currently registered in sonography by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in AB, OB, VT, and/or AE; the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Sonography; or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) in Cardiac Sonography and/or Vascular Sonography.

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