Sonography is the diagnostic study of the human body using ultrasound technology. A sonographer is trained on specialised equipment to assist in patient diagnosis. The equipment uses sound waves which create an image a physician analyses for a diagnosis. Sonographers' pay is comparable to registered nurses' pay, among the higher salary bracket for medical careers requiring a similar length of education.
Training to be a sonographer requires college level studies toward an associate or bachelor’s degree. A two-year associate’s program is most common; however, studies beyond this increase chances of higher pay. A student of sonography may choose a specialisation in medical, cardio, or vascular studies. Certification is required for employment after graduation.
As of May 2008, sonographers get paid, on average, £40,287 annually, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and 50 per cent of the employed in this field earn averages ranging from £34,170 to £47,892 yearly. PayScale states that as of September, 2010, those with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of £1.90 to £4 more per hour than those with an associate degree.
Availability of jobs is foreseen to see an 18 per cent increase through 2018; this is a faster than average percentage than other occupations. As the ageing population grows, the need for this type of medical care will grow. Continued education and experience ensure future advancement with higher pay.