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Sonographer vs Radiology Technician: Education, Job, Salary & Suggestions

 Switching a career or choosing a career is a tough choice. There are pros and cons to any and all jobs, but looking into a career that has a great job growth rate and competitive salary is a great place to guarantee that you will have a productive and fruitful career. Two jobs that offer both positive job growth and competitive salary are either a Sonographer or Radiology Technician.

A sonographer is a non-physician professional who is trained and certified to work with equipment and patient in using high frequency sound waves to create visuals that can help in locating possible issues in the patient. To become a Sonographer, you can either go through a one-year certified program with healthcare experience, or earn a bachelor's degree if there is no healthcare experience. An annual sonographer salary of $73,360 per year can be expected once working in the field. Becoming a sonographer is a great way to provide one-to-one care with patients. Become knowledgeable and skilled using high-tech equipment, and become an integral part of a healthcare team. A sonographer is a way to join a rapidly growing profession that has a lot of outlooks. The job is not all positive though, a professional will have to work long hours, endurance is required to be able to be on one's feet all day. A lot of the job is taken up by administrative work. There is also a high injury rate from moving heavy equipment and operating it.


A radiology technician is similar to a sonographer in that the profession uses diagnostic imaging examinations to see what is going on inside a patient. A radiology technician specializes in using x-ray, CT,and MRI equipment. In order to become eligible for this profession one must become certified or earn an associates degree. On average the medium salary for a Radiology Technician is slightly less than $64,450 a year. Radiology Technicians are an in demand field with employment expected to keep expanding. Similar advantages for a sonographer apply to a radiology technician. There are two unique disadvantages to being a radiology technician, work availability is twenty-four hours a day, and there is a minimal risk to radiation exposure.


 If a student is looking for a job that is in an extremely active and growing field than either becoming a Sonographer or a Radiology Technician is a great option. Having the ability to be part of a successful team is important to job satisfaction, and both of these careers make you an important part of success. If you want to be in the medical field but feel that earning a Ph.D is not a viable option, than take a look into these two promising careers.

For more information, you can go to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.