Cardiac Sonographer Jobs

What types of employment settings do cardiac sonographers work?

Cardiac sonographers have a wide variety of employment opportunities available to them. The most common settings are cardiologists’ offices and hospitals. In hospital settings, cardiac sonographers are considered to be part of the non-invasive cardiology department, along with EKG Techs and cardiac rehab personnel. There are also mobile echo companies that contract with physician offices, hospitals or clinics and employ cardiac sonographers to travel to various locations. These locations may not have the volume to employ a cardiac sonographer daily so they contract through a mobile company. Mobile companies that hire sonographers typically provide benefits. In addition to mobile companies, traveler positions are also available through travel companies that offer short-term contracts for 3-6 months or longer depending on the need. Quite often in addition to a very nice salary, echo sonographers working for traveler companies have their expenses paid as well. These people are able to travel to all parts of the US and abroad if they have the proper credentials. Oftentimes traveler companies are needed because an area has a shortage of cardiac sonographers and they are not required to pay benefits for those hired in these traveling positions.

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What other healthcare professionals do cardiac sonographers work with?

What kind of equipment is used in this field?

Ultrasound machines are used in this field to create echocardiogram images. Ultrasound machines are large devices, typically wheeled on a cart. Various transducers, commonly referred to as “wands” are also used in this field to obtain images. For cardiac ultrasounds performed during a stress test, a treadmill is used but the EKG Tech operates that machine.

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What steps are needed to become a cardiac sonographer?

  1. Enroll in an accredited associate’s or bachelor’s degree cardiac sonographer program.
  2. Upon graduating from a cardiac sonography program, sit for the CCI or ARDMS registration exams.
  3. Become licensed if your state requires a license to practice (sometimes this is just a matter of submitting paperwork and paying fees and other times there is an exam involved).
  4. Find a job in this rewarding field. Maintain the necessary continuing education units to renew your registration every three years.

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