There is the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast, the splendor of Mount Hood, and the breathtaking scenery of the Willamette Valley that entice people to participate in numerous physical activities that include hiking, bicycling and camping.
It is not surprising that in 2013 there are many students choosing a career in the health care industry, which is a thriving and important contributor to Oregon's economy.
In 2014, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers will find they are key professionals who can help deliver quality health care to residents in cities and non-metropolitan areas as the national health care program expands.
Requirements and Steps to Become a Sonographer in Oregon Students can choose to earn a certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or a two or four year degree.
The certificate programs are usually designed for people who are already working in a health care field and can prove experience.
The Associate's degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or the Bachelor's Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography are composed of two components - classroom and clinical training.
It is very important for students to choose CAAHEP programs, which ensure students complete the coursework and clinical training needed to pass the ARDMS exams leading to credentials in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Salary and Job Outlook for Sonographers in Oregon The median salary for new or inexperienced Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in Portland Oregon is $57,712, and that is higher than the national average of $44,990.
However, the highest pay ultrasound technologists earn in Portland is $82,059, whereas the national median salary for the top end of the scale is $91,070.
Like most states, the city of employment influences wages.
Eugene, OR is the next largest city after Portland, and statistics indicate that an ultrasound technologist earns a median salary of $67,501 with a low-high range of $56,470 to $80,292.
Once again, the top salary range does not reach the top national salary.
Oregon has many employed Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
As of May 2012 there were 460 positions filled at an average salary of $81,010, meaning many of the positions are close to the top of the state scale.
Oregon's projected job growth for ultrasound technologists for 2010 to 2020 is at.
3 percent which is approximately 20 average annual openings.
Healthcare industry employment is projected to grow by 27.
9 percent for the 2010 to 2020 decade, which is significant.
The number of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer positions should grow with the industry and sonographers have more career choices in ultrasound sonography.
Options for Schooling Oregon does not have a CAAHEP-accredited program, but that should not stop anyone who wants to become an ultrasound technician.
There are now 3 distance education programs accredited by the CAAHEP.
The three online sonography programs for the 2014 school year are:
- Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas - Offers a certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with a general, cardiac or vascular concentration; a Bachelor's degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with a general, cardiac or vascular concentration
- Jackson College in Jackson, Michigan - Offers an Associate degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with a vascular, cardiac or general concentration
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Offers a Bachelor's degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with a general, vascular or cardiac concentration (note: some courses, but not necessarily all of them, may be offered online)
There is a traditional Baccalaureate program requiring four years of coursework and clinical training.
However, the university has also added a program designed to enable professionals already ARDMS, CCI or ARRT registered; who have already completed an accredited program; or who are already working in an allied health sciences field, to take additional coursework to earn a 4-year degree.
The classes are offered online for the convenience of students.
Students can also attend school in another state.
In fact, Oregon residents have many opportunities to find schools with CAAHEP-accredited sonography programs in the bordering states of California, Idaho, Nevada or Washington.
The big selection of programs in the same region as Oregon makes it easier for students to find a school that meets their needs.