Technically the smallest state in the nation, Rhode Island is by no means small in significance. It was the first of the original colonies to actually declare independence from Great Britain. Nicknamed “The Ocean State,” Rhode Island offers tourists an extensive coastline. The textile industry makes up the largest portion of the state’s economy, but the health care industry is growing. The Rhode Island Health Care Employment Growth and Population reports, “Between 2000 and 2010, health care was the fastest growing industry.” As of 2013, there were 250 diagnostic medical sonographers employed in Rhode Island. The industry is continuing to grow rapidly, though, and total employment is predicted to hit 430 by 2020.
The median annual salary for diagnostic medical sonographers in Rhode Island was $80,000 in 2013. Growth is slated to occur at 30% over the 10 year period from 2010 to 2020.
Certification Requirements in Rhode Island
The number of schools available for technicians in Rhode Island is limited, but there are two locations where potential technicians can complete a program that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, or CAAHEP. These two schools are the Community College of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Hospital. Certification is not a requirement for diagnostic medical sonographers looking to get employed in Rhode Island, but because many employers suggest and encourage it, ultrasound technicians may choose to gain licensure under the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Ultrasound Technician Salary in Rhode Island
In 2013, ultrasound technicians in Rhode Island earned a median annual salary of $80,000 compared to the national median of $66,400. Those in the top 10% of earners averaged about $95,100 while those who fell into the bottom 10% of earners averaged $61,800. Those who earned an hourly wage in 2013 earned a median hourly income of $38.46.
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training reports a predicted 30% growth to occur in the state’s total employment of diagnostic medical sonographers between 2010 and 2020. This projected growth will result in 430 total technicians employed by 2020. Due to growth and net replacement analysts project 20 annual job openings in the state.
Rhode Island Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Salary by Local Area:
|Local Area||Median Hourly Wage||Median Annual Salary|
|Rhode Island (all)||$38.46||$80,000|
|Providence – Fall River – Warwick, RI||$38.23||$79,500|
Source: Rhode Island Wage Information (2013)
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More Ultrasound Schools in Rhode Island
Other diagnostic medical sonography schools in Rhode Island include:
|School Name||School Address|
|Community College of Rhode Island||400 East Ave, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886|
|Sanford-Brown Institute-Cranston||85 Garfield Avenue, Cranston, Rhode Island 02920|