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The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree

The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree

AllHealthcare, CareerVoyages.gov, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic medical sonographers handle and maintain ultrasounds of internal organs for use by physicians. There are a number of different specializations when it comes to medical sonography, but in all area, diagnostic medical sonographers observe ultrasounds during scans, decide which images are useful, and provide written summaries of technical findings. A physician depends heavily on the advice of a medical sonographer.

Formal training is found in 2- and 4-year formats at many colleges. 2-year programs are most popular. Course work includes classes in anatomy, instrumentation, and medical ethics. Although there are no state certification requirements, some organizations offer credentialing and registration programs.

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Diagnostic medical sonographers should see job growth of 19% by 2016. This is faster than average and should yield favorable job prospects. As patients seek safer treatments methods, job prospects should flourish as sonography requires no radiation and has no side effects.

Projected Need: 15,000

Projected Growth: 18-26%

Median Hourly Wage: $27/hr

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