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How much can you expect to earn after you complete your degree program?

Most people choose their career based on a passion for doing what they love. Perhaps you have always wanted to have a career in the medical field. Maybe you enjoy helping others and being part of a high-demand field. But no matter why you are pursuing a diploma in dental assisting, diploma in medical assisting, or an associates degree in diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound), you likely want to know how your hard work will pay off after graduation.

To find out the current average salary for a medical assistant, dental assistant or diagnostic medical sonographer, we recommend checking the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the key source of data on pay and benefits, with information on data collected and designed to yield nationally representative estimates by industry.

Here’s some of what the Bureau has to say about programs offered at MedQuest:

Dental Assisting: “Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will likely continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services,” according to the Bureau.

Medical Assisting: “The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients,” according to the Bureau.

Diagnostic Sonography: “Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024. As imaging technology evolves, medical facilities will continue to use ultrasound to replace more invasive, costly procedures,” according the Bureau.

Your specific salary will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of facility you work at, whether or not you work full or part time, and your level of experience. Your salary will also depend on whether you work part time or full time, and your pay will increase over time as you gain experience in the field.

No matter which type of career you choose, you’ll be doing rewarding work and helping others, all while gaining a regular paycheck that is beyond what can be earned without a diploma or degree. Many times, your compensation package will also include benefits such as health insurance and paid time off. Making the investment to complete a dental assisting program or medical assisting program at MedQuest College will pay for itself in your future success!