There are great job opportunities for vascular sonographers after graduation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment is expected to grow much faster than the average of all occupations through 2020. Sonographers work in hospitals, clinics, private physicians' offices and other medical settings. (www.bls.gov)
Experienced vascular sonographers may expand their careers by learning another ultrasound concentration by becoming a laboratory technical director, educator, researcher, or take a position in an ultrasound equipment company as an application specialist, educator, technical advisor or sales respresentative.
- There are approximately 20,000 vascular sonographers in the United States.
- Approximately two-thirds of all vascular technologists work in a hospital setting, while the others are employed in clinics, mobile services, physicians offices and independent laboratories.
- Most vascular sonographers work a five-day, 40-hour week, and approximately half of these are on-call during limited evening and/or weekend hours.
- The vascular sonographer has direct interaction with the patient. Most patients are elderly and mobile, but some need assistance around and during the time of testing. Others may have leg ulcers, amputations, or may be critically ill.
- Some patients need bedside examinations that may require moving large ultrasound equipment to the bedside.
- Some laboratories provide vascular exams in the operating room to assess surgical procedures.
The Department of Labor indicates median wages for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (2010) as $30.95 hourly, $62,380 annually. Other surveys by professional ultrasound societies report higher median wages.
Credentials and Accreditation
The vascular ultrasound program at Rush University is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756) www.caahep.org.
As a CAAHEP-accredited program, graduates of this program qualify to take the certification exam through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) www.ardms.org to become a registered vascular technologist (RVT) or through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) to gain the RVS credential.