Diagnostic Medical Sonography, like many other medical fields, is expected to be in high demand in coming years. That means job growth is likely to spike and certified practitioners will be in a leveraged spot when deciding where and under what terms to maintain employment.
But it could also mean that the job pool becomes crowded as the field takes in numerous new job seekers drawn by the promise held in an industry experiencing significant growth in an otherwise stagnant economy. To gain and keep employment, under this scenario, diagnostic medical sonography technicians will have to stand apart from the rest of the crowd.
The best way for a diagnostic medical sonographer to distinguish themselves in a crowded job market, is to seek out and acquire higher education degrees. The field of diagnostic medical sonography is already a skilled trade that requires at least two years of post-high school instruction with a preference for a four-year bachelor’s degree.
That means a sonographer could branch out to become a nurse or pursue a specialty or become a doctor if very motivated. But an often overlooked direction is that of business management. Because most diagnostic medical sonography practitioners stick closely to the medical side while leaving business aspects other career workers, there is a lack of broader understanding of the organization’s mission on both ends.
Anyone who can bridge that gap will be a proven asset to the organization who will have job security and considerable leverage when negotiating salary and advancement opportunities. Few other practitioners will have the essential business skills to adequately manage both functions and that opens the door wide for a diagnostic medical sonographer with a business management degree.
Before you can reap the benefits of business management experience, you must first pursue the degree. There are institutions that can accommodate a working schedule with evening classes or even Internet programs. In order to be accepted into any accredited business management degree program you will have to pass the GMAT pre-entry test.
The GMAT test is very similar to the SAT test that anyone who attended college for a bachelor’s degree will be familiar with from years past. If you’ve been out of school for a while and feel intimidated by the prospect of a pre-entry exam, consider the various GMAT prep courses that are available for additional assistance.
Make no mistake; pursuing a business management degree will require commitment and fortitude to succeed. But the benefits far outweigh the sacrifices in the long run.