If you're looking for a lucrative career in the healthcare industry without the need for a doctorate degree,
or want a degree that can lead to a standalone career but can also serve as a stepping stone to enrolling
in medical school should you decide to go that route at a later date, a degree in Medical Diagnostics could
be a great fit.
Types of Degrees
Medical Diagnostics students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's
degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). In this field, an associate degree is oftentimes enough to land an
entry-level position as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer while master's and doctorate degrees usually lead to management
and administrative positions in clinics and hospitals.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework
helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements,
making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Medical Diagnostics Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Medical Diagnostics include:
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- Cardiovascular Technologist/Technician
- Medical Research Assistant
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers was $73,860 in 2019
while Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians earned a median salary of $68,750 in 2019.1
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm (visited June 26, 2020).