One of the later states to be admitted into the union, Oklahoma is adorned with mountain ranges, forests, and the U.S. Interior Highlands. The state earned the nickname, “The Sooner State,” after several non-Native settlers claimed land in the state before its official opening. Oklahoma’s economy centers on its aviation, energy, and telecommunications industries. Oklahoma City is home to the OU Medical Center and a number of other medical institutions. There were 710 diagnostic medical sonographers employed in The Sooner State in 2013. By 2020, this number is expected to reach 780.
In terms of salary, ultrasound technicians working in Oklahoma receive a median annual wage of $64,200. The state’s total employment for this profession is also expected to grow at the same rate as the nation, increasing 46% in a 10-year span between 2010 and 2020.
Certification Requirements in Oklahoma
Certification is not required for ultrasound technicians trying to work in Oklahoma. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) offers a means to obtain voluntary certification. There are many schools in Oklahoma offering aspiring technicians the chance to complete a program in ultrasound technology. Three of the available schools offer a program that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, or CAAHEP. These schools are: Moore Norman Technology Center, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and the Oklahoma State University.
Ultrasound Technician Salary in Oklahoma
The median annual salary for diagnostic medical sonographers in Oklahoma was $64,200 in 2013 compared to the national median of $66,400. This annual wage worked out to a median hourly wage for Oklahoma of $30.86. Diagnostic medical sonographers who worked their way into the top 10% of earners averaged $89,600 annually, while those in the bottom 10% averaged $44,500 per year.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission predicts a growth in total employment for technicians in Oklahoma to occur at the same rate as predicted on the national level – 46% in a 10-year span between 2010 and 2020. This increase will see 780 technicians employed in Oklahoma by 2020.
Oklahoma Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Salary by Local Area:
|Local Area||Median Hourly Wage||Median Annual Salary|
|Oklahoma City, OK||$33.00||$68,600|
Source: Oklahoma Wage Information (2013)
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More Ultrasound Schools in Oklahoma
Other diagnostic medical sonography schools in Oklahoma include:
|School Name||School Address|
|American Institute of Medical Technology||4500 S. Garnett Rd. Suite 110, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146|
|Bacone College||2299 Old Bacone Rd, Muskogee, Oklahoma 74403|
|Moore Norman Technology Center||4701 12th Avenue NW, Norman, Oklahoma 73069|
|Oklahoma City Community College||7777 S May Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73159|
|Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City||900 N Portland, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107|
|Tulsa Community College||6111 E Skelly Dr, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135|
|University of Oklahoma – Health Sciences Center||1100 N Lindsay, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104|