Being an ultrasound tech in today’s society is feeling a lil’ sunshine and rainbows. Monster.com went so far as to list being a diagnostic medical sonographer as the second-best paying job a person with an associate degree could land.

Cha-ching. But as a medical professional—and a traveling medical professional to boot—it isn’t all about the Benjamin’s for you. Though, it’s handy to have a steady stream of those in your back pocket as well.

The spice of life is at your fingertips.

Ultrasound techs have a variety of roles and responsibilities to tackle throughout your shift from (wo)manning the phones and room prep to reviewing and analyzing vital signs and patient history.

And don’t confuse “office work” talk with the stereotypical, sedentary lifestyle of a nine-to-fiver. You’re running an active show wearing multiple hats throughout your shift.

Student note: Layer a variety of additional skills into your fundamental curriculum to ensure you have basic office management under your belt. That way you can focus more on honing higher-skilled practices once on the job.

There is life beyond (those cute little) babies.

Most people’s minds to go obstetrics when they think of ultrasound services. Sure, it’s a big part of the industry vertical, but there’s definitely more to choose from as far as your focus is concerned.

Sonographers can also specialize in abdominal, breast, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and neurosonology, to name a few.

Student note: Be sure to explore a variety of sonographer specializations while receiving your education—who knows, you might find career love in an unexpected specialty. Even distinctions such as technologist and technician can alter the focus you’re able to take upon graduation.

You are in demand.

BLS expects all sonographer occupations to experience 7% combined growth between 2014–2024.

Student note: #jobsecurity

OK, OK. Money matters too.

Some of the top paying states for ultrasound techs are some of the most awesome to travel to as well.

California: $91,700

Hawaii: $90,250

D.C.: $89,140

Washington: $87,440

Oregon: $86,140

(Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics)