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Old 03-09-2009, 09:21 PM
 
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wondering which field is the one to get into........thanks
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:26 PM
 
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i would think xray tech would have a more diverse offer of job opportunities. good luck
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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It's funny, I've been in corporate HR for YEARS and I'm seriously thinking of going back to school for similar training... first, I am sick to death of corp America, second, medical fields are a good place to be....
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:53 PM
 
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I don't know anything about sonogram - how long is the program? Is the training done in a college or are there hospital programs? Is there an exam and license at the end?
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:12 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I don't know anything about sonogram - how long is the program? Is the training done in a college or are there hospital programs? Is there an exam and license at the end?
Usually these medical technician programs (X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, CAT) are through a community college and last for 2 years. Bergen County Community College offers several of these. They pay well.

Also consider dental hygiene programs--once again pay is very good and is a 2 year program.

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Old 03-10-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Central, NJ
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With x-ray the better programs are hospital programs because you do your clinicals right there. A lot of the school based programs have prerequisite courses that you may not have and will take a while to complete. With X-ray you are also certified and licensed. MRI is a 2 year program but not licensed like X-ray. The hospital programs are small and very competitive. It is a very sound career choice, though. My husband went into it as a second career and is now training in MRI. I'm not sure if sonogram is a faster or easier thing to get into. The x-ray school was 8-4, 5 days a week all year round with 2 weeks off in the summer.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:55 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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With x-ray the better programs are hospital programs because you do your clinicals right there. A lot of the school based programs have prerequisite courses that you may not have and will take a while to complete. With X-ray you are also certified and licensed. MRI is a 2 year program but not licensed like X-ray. The hospital programs are small and very competitive. It is a very sound career choice, though. My husband went into it as a second career and is now training in MRI. I'm not sure if sonogram is a faster or easier thing to get into. The x-ray school was 8-4, 5 days a week all year round with 2 weeks off in the summer.
Interesting. I didn't know that. Thanks. I need to get out of Corporate America too!
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Central, NJ
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Haha! I know there is a good program in Bayonne. My husband went in NYC and has been working for 2 years now. He loves it. You put in two hard years of schooling and end up with a job that's better than a lot of 4 year degree programs will get you. Then you can expand into mri or catscan if you get bored! There is talk of requiring 4 years of schooling so if you're considering it I'd get in before that starts for sure.
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Haha! I know there is a good program in Bayonne. My husband went in NYC and has been working for 2 years now. He loves it. You put in two hard years of schooling and end up with a job that's better than a lot of 4 year degree programs will get you. Then you can expand into mri or catscan if you get bored! There is talk of requiring 4 years of schooling so if you're considering it I'd get in before that starts for sure.
Yeah tell me about it. I got a 4 year degree in Psychology and regretting every minute of it

Psychology was interesting, but now it's back to the real world.
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Northern NJ/Amagansett, NY
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Well, you would see the most variety and have the most responsibility as an or tech. It is interesting to help out with all the operations, as long as blood and guts dont bother you. This would be my first choice, but you have to have thick skin to work with the personalities in an OR setting.
If I was to become an x-ray tech, I think I would subspecialize in ESWL (extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy). They seem to have a lot of fun. They break up kidney stones by aiming the shock wave at the stone as seen on a computer screen x-ray fluoroscopy. It's like playing a video game all day. And they get paid very well, by tech standards.
Personally, I think ultrasound techs have a boring job, but everybody has a different opinion of what is fun and what is boring.
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