The below government site says the average pay in the nation is about $52K, but according to, the salary for radiology technicians in California seems to be around $60K a year. The field is growing faster than average, so there should be plenty of job openings. Here is some good info about the career:

You would have to fill in this page to see where the schools are, the cost, and duration:

And here is a listing of job openings:


Sonogram Technician: Profile of a Career in Sonography

After graduating with an associate or bachelor's degree in sonogram technology, you can move on to receive official certification from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, or ARDMS. Certification involves taking two tests. The first covers the physical principles and instrumentation of ultrasound equipment, and the second deals with the particular area of diagnostic medicine you want to pursue, such as obstetrics, or vascular sonography. Upon successful completion of these tests, you will be an officially registered sonographer with ARDMS.

Required Courses

Students who want to be certified in sonogram technology should complete a degree program in the field. Some of the classes you will take include: reports that the average yearly wage for an 'Ultrasound Technologist' is $65-80,000.


List of accredited Ultrasound schools in Southern California. You should check with each school to find out what
their particular prerequisites are, and if they offer those prerequisites in addition to the program.
Best person to talk to about National University programs is Trevor Lewis: 
Trevor Lewis
Admissions Advisor
National University
3390 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Voice: (714) 429-5218
Fax: (714) 429-5220
As for Ultrasound schools in Southern California, feel free to contact Mellonie Brown
as she is very knowledgeable on the subject:
Mellonie F. Brown, M.E.T., CMD, R.T.(T.)
Clinical Assistant Professor
Program Director
Radiation Therapy Program
National University
3390 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 429-5118


Respiratory Therapist

The median expected salary for a typical Certified Respiratory Therapist in the United States is $46,285.

An associate degree is the minimum educational requirement, but a bachelor’s or master’s degree may be important for advancement. All States, except Alaska and Hawaii, require respiratory therapists to be licensed.

Education and training. An associate degree is required to become a respiratory therapist. Training is offered at the postsecondary level by colleges and universities, medical schools, vocational-technical institutes, and the Armed Forces. Most programs award associate or bachelor’s degree and prepare graduates for jobs as advanced respiratory therapists. A limited number of associate degree programs lead to jobs as entry-level respiratory therapists. According to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 45 entry-level and 334 advanced respiratory therapy programs were accredited in the United States in 2006.

Among the areas of study in respiratory therapy programs are human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, pharmacology, and mathematics. Other courses deal with therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and tests, equipment, patient assessment, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the application of clinical practice guidelines, patient care outside of hospitals, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, respiratory health promotion and disease prevention, and medical recordkeeping and reimbursement.



Nursing Salary Range

Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)


Certified Nurse Midwife


Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)


Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)


Advanced Practice Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN)