The word “ultrasound” may conjure the image of a barely formed baby on a monitor. But ultrasounds can do a lot more than this — and with the right training, you can make a stable career out of administering them.
Sonography, the catch-all term for ultrasound technology, uses sound waves to create images that physicians can interpret. There are many ways to get training: four-year colleges, hospitals and the armed forces all offer programs. But vocational schools, which offer two-year programs in ultrasound technology, may be the easiest option (make sure your program is certified by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography; check out www.caahep.org before you commit).
Obstetric and gynecological sonographers are trained in the female reproductive system; abdominal sonographers work with kidneys livers, gallbladders and more; neurosonographers concentrate on the nervous system, and so on. If you’re trained in more than one of these sub-fields, you’re that much more appealing to a prospective employer.