What makes ultrasound a solid career choice?

There’s no such thing as a “good” profession. Any profession that you enjoy and that brings you rewards (money) can be considered good in most cases. But we think ultrasound/sonography is a particularly interesting choice, especially in the 2020s.

The world runs on data today. It’s a data-driven world in literally every aspect of our existence. Data matters. Ultrasound technicians are data providers – they are able to see inside (in our case to see inside and tell you if you’re having a boy or a girl, or if you’re pregnant or not) and provide information. This is important, as the pace of data acquisition and data creation is only increasing every year. 

In the future, more people will have access to and able to obtain ultrasound imaging services, whether they be pregnancy-related or not. More people will want to know more about what is inside them – it may come from the medical industry, or from the insurance industry, or from proactive consumers and a free market, but it’s very likely that the pace of information gathering about the human body will increase. Don’t you think an average person in 25 years will want to know more about their body than they do today? A variety of people and machines will provide that information to future consumers, but ultrasound technicians/sonographers will be at the vanguard of that effort. 

No career path is a sure thing, but some career paths can be considered smart bets. Bets on the way things are going, not on the way things have been. With an aging population, increasing demand for knowledge/information, and more desire to remain healthy, it seems like ultrasound services will be in greater and greater demand in the future.

1. There doesn't seem to be a new technology on the medium-term horizon that will replace ultrasound in its current applications

Technology is rapidly evolving today, but there still doesn’t seem to be a technology on the short-term or medium-term horizon that is likely to replace ultrasound. This is true both for pregnancy ultrasound, and for all other types of ultrasound. Although other medical imaging capabilities exist, they are different in approach, use, scale, and portability than ultrasound is. This may change, but it’ s not likely to change in the near term. 

It is very likely that ultrasound imaging will continue to be a key part of medical imaging overall, helping to form the foundation for both future medical care and entertainment (eg. 4D ultrasound and other ultrasound entertainment services that have taken off over the last few decades). 

Because of this, there’s a bit of an inherent cushion in ultrasound. There’s slightly less risk that ultrasound will become irrelevant with technological advances than there is for other fields, both medical and non-medical. 

2. As the population continues to age, medical imaging will become more important and more needed

Although all of the ultrasounds we do (3D/4D ultrasound, gender determinations, and pregnancy confirmations) are for entertainment purposes only, ultrasound is still primarily done around the world for medical purposes. As such, it seems likely that ultrasound services will become more in-demand and more desired as the population around the world continues to age. Demographic trends appear to be in favor of the ultrasound/sonography profession, at least in the short-term and medium-term. 

3. An ultrasound career can be a flexible career

If ultrasound is fundamentally something that provides data (visual data), as we noted above, then it make sense that a monographer/ultrasound technician will be able to have a pretty flexible career. Obviously it may not be as flexible as something like a YouTuber or a blogger or photographer, but ultrasound still allows for a lot of diversity in terms of career choice. 

An ultrasound tech can work in a lot of settings, including some of these common job functions:

  • Hospital setting
  • Imaging center
  • Urgent care facility (different than a hospital)
  • Mobile ultrasound
  • Ultrasound for entertainment purposes (eg. 3D/4D ultrasound)
  • Teaching ultrasound
  • Private medical settings/concierge medical offices (these appear to be gaining in popularity)

4. If you're interested in bio, medicine, etc., then ultrasound will be interesting for you

A good career is one that can remain interesting for you. As an ultrasound tech, you’ll need to learn a lot about the human body. You may learn this before your start your ultrasound program, but you’ll definitely learn a ton during ultrasound school. 

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDM) — the sonography licensing body in the US — requires extensive knowledge. So, as an ultrasound tech, you’ll definitely learn a lot and need to know a lot. This is great if you’re into learning and studying. 

This is especially great if you’re into learning about the human body, as you’ll need to learn quite a bit about it to finish ultrasound school and become licensed. You’ll also need to continue learning to stay licensed, as the ARDM has continuing education requirements. 

5. If you're into science and technology, you'll enjoy ultrasound too

In addition to Number 4 above, if you like science, tech, and physics (specifically the physics of sound waves, you’ll love ultrasound. You’ll need to know about the science of ultrasound to finish an ultrasound program, and you’ll also need to know it to get your ultrasound license.

In addition to this, an ultrasound career will allow you to keep learning, as you’ll need to continue to evolve your knowledge as technology evolves over the years and decades. Plus, an ultrasound machine is a big piece of tech!

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