South Carolina has a problem. Its population has been growing by a whopping 12% in the past decade – which in itself is not a bad thing, but the current infrastructure and resources are increasingly falling short to meet the increased needs that come with swelling numbers. Take for instance, the shortage of professionals coming out of ultrasound technician schools in South Carolina. Ultrasound technicians are a very important part of the health infrastructure of any nation and their shortage can be a big inconvenience to any health system.
There are just two South Carolina ultrasound technician ground schools – Greenville Technical College (in Greenville) and Horry-Georgetown Technical College (in Conway) – wherefrom a total of about 20 students graduate every year. These figures were good enough in the past but now they are becoming inadequate. There are less than 650 ultrasound technicians in South Carolina and the state will need at least a couple of hundred more in the near future. So if you are interested in pursuing an education in ultrasound technology, you are going to be in hot demand.
Tuition fees at South Carolina ultrasound technician schools would be around $3,500 or so a year for a degree in ultrasound technology. This is but a small sum of initial investment for a well-paying career in the field, because once you become an ultrasound technician you will be making around $40,000-$75,000 a year. An average ultrasound technician takes home around $57,000 per annum.
Let’s learn about what goes into qualifying for such a job. For starters, you will have to spend three years in the degree programs offered by these schools. This will involve classes on your main subject, of course, along with classes on general education. There will also be a clinical experience component in the program. That way you will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in echocardiography, mammography, neurosonography, ultrasound physics, and abdominal and vascular sonography, even as you hone your analytical, reasoning, communication skills.
But your preparation does not end there. Like any good education it should be ongoing and evolving, so that you remain at the cutting edge of ultrasound technology. The state ensures that by making it compulsory for ultrasound technicians to earn 24 continuing education credits before you can renew your license.
It’s not like your university days never end. You are expected to earn these credits over a reasonably long period of time (because you don’t go about having to renew your license ever other month) by attending some continuing education classes run by approved colleges or universities, the American Society of Radiologic Technicians, and the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians, among other state-recognized organizations. So, without further delay, join one of these South Carolina schools.